Babies' gas masks
in World War Two Britain
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Slightly different types of babies' gas masks, photographed respectively at the Watercress Line 1940s event, the West Somerset Rural Life Museum
and the Brooklands 1940s event.
The last photo is the clearest for showing how the mask works. Click it
for a larger image.
Because there never was a gas attack in Britain in
World War Two, I never
saw a baby wearing a gas mask. What I know comes from what I have been told
by older people and seen in museums and shows.
ARP warden carrying a baby in a baby's gas mask - re-enactment on the Watercress Line.
Babies' gas masks are best described through pictures. All those
here were photographed on my various visits.
Babies' gas masks had to be continuously pumped to keep the air flowing for