Camouflaged gasmask canister – Three tone “Normandy” camouflage

Throughout world war two the German army issued and carried gas masks. After the terrible experiences in world war one these where thought of as one of the most important pieces of equipment issued. The Germans utilized every gasmask with a metal canister so to keep the gasmask in good usable condition. The metal cases where first introduced in world war one and further evolved through the Reichswehr and ultimately in 1935 by the Wehrmacht. Several small changes where made to the canisters appearance ranging from the length of the canister to sealing the lid of the canister to make it dust tight.

The gasmask is nicely painted in the typical three-tone camouflage. The canister was left behind at the end of the war in Amersfoort where it stayed in a army barracks until this year. The container still retains up to 85% of its original camouflage paint and retains its original straps, mask and accessories. Inside the gasmask is named to O.Rtn Pettersen with the Feldpost number 19855 which corresponds to the following units

(Mobilmachung-1.1.1940) Vermessungs-Batterie Beab.Abteilung 32
(28.4.1940-14.9.1940) 1.Vermessungs-Batterie 
Beobachtungs-Abteilung 32
(15.7.1942-24.1.1943) gestrichen
(1.8.1943-23.3.1944) 4.1.1944 Transport-Verbindungsstelle 75
(24.3.1944-6.11.1944) 10.8.1944 bevollmachtigter Transportoffizier 
beim Panzergruppen-Kommando West.