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Babies' gas masks
in World War Two Britain

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Baby's gas mask (respirator), World War Two, picture 1

Baby's gas mask (respirator), World War Two, picture 2

Baby's gas mask (respirator), World War Two, picture 3, thumbnail

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.

WW2 ARP warden carrying a baby in a baby's gas mask

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 the baby.

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