Canadian Army Radiac Meter

Canada, like the rest of the Western World in the Cold War, worried that the Soviet Bloc might use nuclear weapons on the battlefield. With Canada deploying troops to Western Germany they obviously need the full panoply of protective equipment. As well as respirators and protective suits, soldiers were also issued the humble radiac meter. This was a small pen like device that absorbed radiation from the surrounding area and could then be read to see how much accumulated radiation the soldier had been exposed to. The radiac meters used by the British, US and Canada are all pretty similar in design, even if they differ in details. The Canadian example is a long thin black cylinder:

This meter is wrapped in the instructions and then placed inside a small plastic bag to protect it:

This is then packaged inside a small cardboard box with details of the NSN number, manufacturer and date it was accepted into the Canadian Army:

The radiac meter is designed to fit into a pocket, the pen pockets on a sleeve being the most usual place. The radiac meter has a small clip to help secure it:

A small plastic cover is attached over the base:

This pulls off to allow the radiac meter to be plugged into the charger or recalibration device:

The radiac meter has a label around the body with the serial number printed on it:

The rear of the label has the manufacturer, Computing Devices of Canada, printedon it:

There is a detailed instruction leaflet that explains how to use the radiac meter:

This is a nice addition to my small Canadian NBC kit, I already have the respirator and haversack so it is slowly coming together- still a fair way to go however!

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