THE US ARMY INDIVIDUAL PROTECTIVE GAS COVER

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THE US ARMY INDIVIDUAL PROTECTIVE GAS COVER

From YANK Magazine

Latest wrinkle in protection against gases is a cellophane wrapper guaranteed to make G.I.s feel like a package of cigarettes. For protection against burning gasses like mustard, this cover is a large envelope open at one end, the upper part of clear cellophane and the lower part of olive drab. Some troops landing in North Africa were equipped with these covers. They fold into a small package but can be thrown over your head and pulled to the level of your knees in a few seconds. Once contaminated with gas, the cover is thrown away and you’re entitled to a new one—if you can find your supply sergeant.



The US Army's Individual Protective Gas cover. The cover was small enough to be carried by soldiers and taken out quickly for gas protection.

The US Army’s disposable Individual Protective Gas cover, as issued in the package. The cover was small enough to be easily carried by soldiers and could be taken out quickly for gas protection.

US Army soldiers wearing the protective gas shield run through a training course.

US Army soldiers wearing  protective gas covers run through a mock gas attack. 

A soldier aims his rifle through the clear up part of his gas protection bag

A soldier aims his rifle through the clear up part of his protective gas cover.

Photos via Historylink101.com



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