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Gas Mask Drill

Gas mask testing
Description: Painting, Gouache; by Alexander P. Russo; 1944; Unframed Dimensions 14H X 10W
Accession #: 88-198-L
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Men aboard a LST test their gas masks enroute to Normandy. The Germans did not use chemical weapons against the invasion forces at Normandy.  However, memories of deadly gas warfare and the massive casualties it caused in World War I ensured that Allied forces were well-equipped with gas masks.  Gas-mask drill consisted of the user quickly donning his mask and ensuring a gas-proof seal between the face and the mask, then clearing any gas out of the mask by blowing and testing how well the breathing filter worked.

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Wars & Conflicts
  • World War II 1939-1945
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