Indian Made Gas Mask Bag

Following the horror of World War One, it is unsurprising that throughout the interwar period there was a widespread belief that gas would be widely used on the battlefield. Although as dangerous to the operator as to the enemy, and of dubious tactical use, gas was a terrifying weapon, and to those brought up on stories of soldiers drowning in their own bodily fluids on the battlefield, it is easy to see why there was widespread fear.

To counter this all the armies in the conflict issued gas masks to their troops and these of course needed bags or canisters to carry them in. Tonight we are looking at an Indian made gas mask bag. It appears that India did not manufacture its own masks (if anyone knows different please let me know), importing them from Britain, however it did make the bags for them. With a massive cotton and weaving industry India was well geared up for producing equipment like this.imageThe bag itself is clearly based on the British version, but with several key changes. Firstly the press studs normally used have been replaced with brass studs that engage with holes in the lid flap:imageThe studs themselves are secured by a complex ‘star’ of stitching:imageOn the base the three round grills to allow air in to the respirator canister have been replaced with eight reinforced holes:imageGenerally the fabric is a little coarser than its British equivelant, but the quality is much closer to the mother country than say Indian produced webbing. This particular bag is only marked 1G, but this May be due to 70 years of grubbiness obscuring other faint markings:image


7 thoughts on “Indian Made Gas Mask Bag

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    1. hatchfive Post author

      Hi Bilal. I’m afraid I couldn’t say for suppliers in India. There are a couple of examples on eBay UK at the moment and the sellers might ship to India if you ask them.


  2. CG

    Thank you for the information on this. I bought on of these in the Netherlands that I use as an everyday carry bag to replace my M1936 Musette bag. I had noticed the difference in cut and finish of this bag compared to others. A little research led me to your page and voila!, my questions are answered.


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