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Original U.S. WWII M8 Snout Gas Mask Bag - M10 Carrier
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Original Item: The M8 Snout-type Gas Mask had a specially designed carrier bag, the M10, made of waterproof cotton duck material. A flap assembly is sewn on the back near the opening. It can be closed by folding the flap over the opening and snapping LTD (lift-the-dot) fasteners. Two inside pockets hold accessories and the anti-dim set. Two flannel lens pads inside protect the gas mask lenses. Two strap assemblies are stitched to the bag.
Offered in solid but used condition. All bags are from the 1940's and 1950 s with most ink stamps faded. Style, color, and condition vary.
Measures Approximately 20" x 9" x 5"
History of the M8 Snout Gas Mask:
The M8 Mask, Gas, Service, Snout-type (M8-11-10) was developed in 1945 as a replacement for the troublesome M5 Assault Gas Mask used in 1944. The M8 Snout-type gasmask was based on M2 and M3 face pieces with the lightweight M11 canister. With production of about 300,000 units, the M8 remained in use until 1958.
The M8 Snout Gas Mask was designed for use by assault troops where lightweight is the most important factor. The canister connected directly to the face piece at the chin position that replaced the hose makes the M8 mask easy to identify.
The standard M8 face piece assembly is identical to the one used for the M2A3 gasmask as well as the M3 and M3A1 gas masks. An alternate M8 face piece was also supplied using a older type molded rubber face piece with small differences in the webbing mounts, rifle skids, and neck strap. For full details, see TM 3-205 The Gas Mask (March 1951).