Thursday, September 13, 2012

Soldiers in Gas Masks



Today's picture is from World War I, and it shows a group of soldiers wearing Gas Masks. I don't have the location, but this does look to be in a war area, not a training area. Poison gas was widely used in World War I.

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  1. For those interested eBay has some various models & periods available. Most was pricy!

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  2. This is really scary.

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  3. Did you spot the female soldier?
    Ellena

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  4. Looks like a war zone to me too.

    Now I know what and where to buy gifts for those who have everything! WWI gas masks from eBay. My kids would love them.

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  5. Some of them seem to have an armband with a cross on it - Red Cross workers perhaps?

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  6. I've been uncomfortable with this week's theme. Tonight I took time to study on it. My husband was Army, Viet Nam era. He told me how, as a skinny 130 lb 19 year old he had to put on a gas mask and go into the (real) gas chamber to train for the real thing. Of all the tests and trials he had in his Army training, I think this was the hardest for him. I would have hated for my 19 yr old son to have to do this. I'm uncomfortable with any light heartedness on this subject. Our country (proud wife of a vet that I am) is asking 18 and 19 yr olds today to do such as this and more.

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  7. My grandfather had severe scars from when a gas shell landed between his legs in WW1. He told me that in basic training they were required to take a whif of the various poison gases used so that they would recognize them in time to get their masks on. Of course he made it home. He became a soccer player after the war and emmigrated to the USA from Great Britain. He played for Bethlehem Steel back in the days when the big companies used to play against each other.

    Will

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  8. This is only a beginning to the Elevation of Combat. Since the use of Chemical's, weaponry has had developments to flying planes without Pilots. It finds the enemy and the broadcast gives the Military Information to encourage the attack in defense or offense. Now the Terror attacks have returned from the "Old Days". Which are using a lot of the intelligence they have stolen form the opposite side. We should not see this as WW I , I think we really need to look at our future. I am from the Military......The Longer it Goes the More Complicated it Becomes. SGMLT

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  9. I can imagine no place hotter the being it the rigging shown here. However, I am sure it was the lesser of two evils to have to wear it. Another example of how war is hell.

    War requires men and women fight to preserve our ideas and to protect our collective famlies. I am glad that there are still young people who are willing to sacrifice and possibly pay the ultimate price to keep us all safe.

    Thank a Vet the next time you see one.

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  10. Al, that's right. Thank any vet you happen to meet. I know my Viet Nam era husband wouldn't have been thanked at his homecoming. He was probably glad not to be Protested or ostracised.

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