Gas Masks UK

Introduction

Ever since the devastating first large scale use of chemical weapons during the First World War, it has been recognised that protection from such weapons is an integral part of a soldier’s basic equipment. Equipment used during the First and Second World Wars is a very well-studied and recorded area due to the fact it was issued and used in some cases during periods that are now of great interest to historians, both professional and amateur. However the post war years have remained a relatively unstudied area in comparison due to there not being many major conflicts, especially ones that involve the use of, or the potential use of CBRN weapons.

The aim of this website is to detail the protective equipment, in particular respirators used by the United Kingdoms Armed Forces, and their development between 1945 and the present day.