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    Gas Cape

    Post by mk1rceme on Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:04 pm

    Finally found one! It is used and has a tear as shown, but comes with a hood as a bonus.



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    Re: Gas Cape

    Post by Infanteer on Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:54 pm

    Great find! These are rarely seen for sale but are an important piece for anyone who wants to put together an example of infantryman's/combat soldier's gear.

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    Re: Gas Cape

    Post by recceboy on Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:24 am

    Nice.....

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    Gas Cape

    Post by edstorey on Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:01 am

    Very rare and very fragile, so be careful how you store it as the material will rip if you look at it the wrong way.

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    Re: Gas Cape

    Post by mk1rceme on Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:53 pm

    Yeah, it is fragile, and stinks like hell, but overall the seams and stitching are good. I already have two helmet covers with the neck cape...there use to be three but my cat decided to completely shred one. My fault for leaving the war room door ajar. I did keep the material from it though.



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    Re: Gas Cape

    Post by 48th on Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:53 am

    Great find, who is the maker and is it dated?

    I managed to find a mint unissued Canadian cape still with the tag a couple years ago.

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    Re: Gas Cape

    Post by mk1rceme on Thu Dec 26, 2013 2:09 am

    1943 Kaufman Rubber. The hood is Aristo


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    Post by mk1rceme on Thu Dec 26, 2013 2:51 am

    I think buddy has a few more of these left. He is asking a lot, but I traded some goodies for this one. It had the least holes, and one has "stretcher bearer" painted on it. Apparently these belonged to his father. No gas wallets though.


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    Re: Gas Cape

    Post by Jonhno on Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:13 am

    nice piece of camo, the stretcher bearer painted one sounds interesting too, I am not overly familiar with these, but when you mention hood I presume you mean the close fitting one as opposed to the helmet cover type

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    Re: Gas Cape

    Post by mk1rceme on Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:13 pm

    Sorry, I meant the helmet cover with the neck cape. Forgot about that other style hood.


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    Antigas Clothing

    Post by edstorey on Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:08 pm

    It is possible to build a pretty comprehensive collection of wartime antigas clothing as all three services had unique pieces.   Unfortunately many of the pieces have become quite scarce and as has been stated before they are now quite fragile.   The Army and Air Force items come in both camouflage and green which adds to the fun and expense.   Here are a couple of images of some of the common pieces starting with both the green and camouflaged Gas Wallets.



    These are images of the camouflaged and green version of the No. 2 Helmet Curtain.




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    Re: Gas Cape

    Post by Jonhno on Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:59 pm

    mk1rceme wrote:Sorry, I meant the helmet cover with the neck cape. Forgot about that other style hood.

    no problem, I had just seen the "hood type" a year or so ago, a friend of mine dug a camo cape up in Normandy years ago, he told me then they were pretty scarce

    thanks too for the extra photos Ed, another nice piece is the British camo rain cape, I kick myself for not buying the one once

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    Re: Gas Cape

    Post by mk1rceme on Sun Dec 29, 2013 3:01 pm

    What is the story on those helmet covers that just covered the rim of the helmet? Were they anti-gas or another material? I see them in Italian campaign photos from time to time.

    Nice wallets there Ed!


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    Helmet Curtian

    Post by edstorey on Sun Dec 29, 2013 7:41 pm

    The ones seen in Italy were Helmet Curtain No. 1, a rare item these days.

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    Re: Gas Cape

    Post by 48th on Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:54 pm


    There was a fair number of anti-gas equipment produced during WWII. I will attempt to list all of the items that come to mind below. My intent is to cover mostly the items that were worn oir made out of the anti-gas oil skin material. Please feel free to add any that I might forget.

    Anti-gas cape
    Anti-gas hood
    Anti-gas curtin #1 and #2, #1 curtin covered only the brim of the helmet and #2 covered the complete helemt.
    Anti-gas over boots
    Anti-gas gloves
    Anti-gas respirator, early war general service respirator and later the light respirator
    Anti-gas wallet
    Sleeve Gas detector arm band
    Anti-gas rifle cover
    Anti-gas eye shields

    As well as a medly of other items like decontamination cream, boot dubbin, anti-fogging compound and many other smaller items.

    As a question to any one out there what Anti-gas item do you view as the rarest or most difficult to find?
    For me I am going to say the rife cover and the #1 early war gas curtin as I have been able to find the rest of the items.






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    Anti-Gas Equipment

    Post by edstorey on Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:31 pm

    When collecting this material you have to realize that the average soldier was only issued the Gas Cape and Respirator with the associated accessories in the Respirator Haversack. There were several models of service respirator and haversack used during the war without going into the specialized versions.

    To add to your list:

    Anti-Gas Trousers
    Anti-Gas Curtain for Wolseley Helmet
    Anti-Gas Curtain for Field Service Cap
    Cotton Duct protectors for the Anti-Gas Gloves

    There are also Naval items that you have not listed.

    Anti-Gas Hood
    Anti-Gas Jacket
    Anti-Gas Boots

    Since I don't have the Helmet Curtain No. 1 nor the Rifle Cover, I guess they may be difficult to obtain.

    The Army wartime list for anti-gas stores is quite extensive with all manner of interesting items.

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    Re: Gas Cape

    Post by 48th on Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:07 pm

    Hi Ed,

    Thanks for adding to the list. I did not know that a Anti-Gas Curtin for the Field service cap and Wolseley helmet. I have never even seen a picture of either of them.

    I can also add to the list the special eye glasses that were developed with thin arms to accomadate the gas mask.

    I did not add the Navy items as I was just sticking to the army/land forces.

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