As well as their weapons, ammunition, explosives, food and other living essentials, soldiers either carried or had transported with them, other items to aid them in a battlefield situation. This page looks at some of these in more depth:
General Service (GS) Shovel/ Pickaxe:
Mk II 'Light' Anti Gas Mask and Carrier
The Mask and carrier was either slung across the shoulder or attached to the belt. The carrier and it’s contents were lighter and easier to use than the previous version.
The Kit consisted of:
Carrying bag with either a shoulder strap or belt hooks attached to the rear.
Eye protectors in a protective case.
Gas mask with air filter fitted.
NEVER put an old gas mask on and breathe through it, as the original filters contained Blue Asbestos*.
Anti Dimming stick, for use on the lenses of the gas mask to stop them from misting up.
Tin containing eight tubes of anti-gas skin ointment.
Tin containing anti-dimming rags for use on the gas mask lenses.
We have a video about the Gas Mask on our YouTube page, link below.