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Matthew502

Recently I picked up this M3A1 gas mask with M6 bag. Is anyone able to tell when was the gas mask exactly manufactured? 

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Backtheattack

Should be October 1940

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Matthew502
23 minutes ago, Backtheattack said:

Should be October 1940

Well that’s interesting. I always thought that M3 gas masks were introduced in 1942. 

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The face mask was produced  in 1940 and originally assembled in the M2A1 gas mask configuration with the rectangular box style cannister. At some point, the rectangular cannister was removed and the cylindrical one installed to make it M3 configuration.  I'm not sure if they reused face pieces from earlier models to speed up M3 production during the war, or if it was something done later.

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