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WWII SERVICE BOX RESPIRATOR OR GAS MASK No 4 Mk 2
Box Respirator worn with but not part of the Pattern 37 web set during WW2.
The 37 web set was superseded by the 1958 pattern after the war.
Gas attacks had been common in WW1, so during WW2 all precautions were taken against them. However no gas attacks came, it appears that no side would undertake such an event realising that the other would do also.
For a view of the respirator in its bag with the Web-set see A0984
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- These respirators are not connected in any way with webbing systems and are totally independent.
The 1937 pattern webbing set was finally replaced by the 1958 pattern set. There was also a 1944 pattern set used concurrently with certain forces. There was no 1948 pattern set.
.......... M. Clewlow, Stoke, Stafordshire, 5th of December 2011