By Thomas Mayer-Maguire, Brian Baker
By means of 1918, the British military had constructed various leading edge safeguard equipment that heralded the delivery of the trendy day army respirator. all through either global Wars, nice Britain led the best way in constructing anti-gas applied sciences. at the present time, goods equivalent to respirators and anti-gas apparatus are hugely wanted through the fanatic. What the collector lacks is details and reference photos of such goods, and he additionally has little details to be had to him on issues corresponding to upkeep, producer information and safeguard features of dealing with these things.
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Once again, the simplicity of its construction does mean that there are many reproductions available to the re-enactor or collector. Many Smoke Helmets were made from grey flannel, almost identical to that used in the soldier’s ‘greyback’ shirts, but khaki-coloured Viyella (like the example shown) was also used, offering a more camouflaged appearance. P (Phenate) and PH (Phenate Hexamine) Helmets After the Smoke Helmet, research turned towards investigating what other potential threats might be faced.
Gas was then piped into the apparatus, which represented the concentration of chlorine anticipated in an attack, along with an air mix expected to be produced by the wearer based on fifteen inspirations per minute. A report by the Anti-Gas Department stated that: ‘[The Smoke Hood] ran triumphantly all that night and marked both the attainment of satisfactory protection against the gas attacks of the time and the establishment of a rigid testing method’. A few modifications were made, such as changing the cloth to a flannel material, in order to improve the ease of breathing and to improve the retention of the hypo solution.
B. , London. Siebe-Gorman Siebe-Gorman was formed in 1814 by Augustus Siebe and specialized in the manufacture of breathing apparatus. During World War II, Siebe-Gorman did a lot of work in developing respirators for both military and civilians. The company manufactured a lot of breathing apparatus for the Royal Navy (mainly diving equipment) and also the RAF (oxygen masks for pilots). It would later merge with BTR to become BTR Siebe plc. 2 The Birth of Gas/Chemical Warfare The use of chemical or biological weapons in warfare has been around in its crudest forms for centuries.