M38 Gasmask canister (Tragebusche)

This obviously contained the gasmask (Gasmaske). It was a cylindrical tin supported by webbing straps. Inside the lid of the container was a hinged compartment for carrying spare eyepiece lenses. The container was usually worn on the side shown however machine gunners were allowed to wear it on the opposite shoulder. The early rubberised gas cape (gasplane) bag is worn on the strap across the chest.

There most common types of gasmask seen in wartime were the M30 and M38 models. These two masks were very similar but the M30 mask was made for canvas and leather whilst the M38 was made of rubber. The M30 canister was easily identified by its deep lid.

  

Open to show spare lenses in compartment                 Gasmask removed, gas cape bag in foreground