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#1 16-10-2017 23:10:12

jsnewc909
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Gas mask tin

[img][/img]http://i64.tinypic.com/i24mlw.jpg
Came across this. Seems pretty genuine to me. Any thoughts?


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#2 16-10-2017 23:11:25

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Re: Gas mask tin

Artificial light doesn't quite do it justice...


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#3 16-10-2017 23:14:03

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Re: Gas mask tin

[img][/img]http://i68.tinypic.com/1y2yvm.jpg


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#4 17-10-2017 17:42:59

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Re: Gas mask tin

Looks ok. Rich A. in Pa.


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#5 17-10-2017 21:39:37

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Re: Gas mask tin

I know there is a lot of discussion around DAK and just tropical items. What would your thoughts be on this??


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#6 18-10-2017 20:27:30

T Ambrosini
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Re: Gas mask tin

I would say "maybe".  The canister is an early Wehrmacht example that dates to ca. 1935-36.  When/where it received its camo paint is open to speculation.  It would have a better chance of being a DAK item if owner's name, unit or ID number was painted onto the canister AND that unit served in Afrika during the DAK timeframe.  So, based on what I'm seeing, I'd say early gas mask canister with tropical camo paint.  Anyone else with other thoughts?

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#7 19-10-2017 00:15:17

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Re: Gas mask tin

Thanks for the info. It has a name scratched in, but no unit id etc so could be anything. I am led to believe that DAK items are painted with mescherscmitt paint which leads to a pinkish tinge. Is this correct?
I also understand that DAK tins can also have a D in the bottom. But where would I find this??
Are you thinking genuine tropical paint? Not necessarily DAK?


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#8 19-10-2017 22:27:51

T Ambrosini
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Re: Gas mask tin

As I understand it, the "D" on the bottom of the canister stands for "dicht", or sealed tightly (presumably to keep moisture, dust, etc, out).  Here is a link to a decent study of German gasmasks and accessories.  http://www.mp44.nl/equipment/gas_mask.htm

As far as to when your canister was painted and where it may have been used, I don't think anyone can say conclusively.  It appears to me to have been painted in tan and that would suggest tropical use (Southern Europe, Mediterranean, etc). 

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#9 20-10-2017 03:46:59

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Re: Gas mask tin

It appears to me to have been painted in tan and that would suggest tropical use (Southern Europe, Mediterranean, etc).

, Agree +1


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#10 25-10-2017 11:51:44

don_kihotis7
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Re: Gas mask tin

To be sure on the paint job better close ups would be needed. Based on these poor pictures i like it.
To say for sure that it had been in Afrika i would like to see the pinky camo paint. Of course this doesn't mean that any other shade of tan paint is out of the question. The difference is just that pinkies where for sure in Afrika whilst all other shades have just a possibility.


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#11 25-10-2017 12:43:50

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Re: Gas mask tin

For example have a look at this helmet.

It's camo paint doesn't indicate Africa but as we can see from the GI's writings it has been there as well.

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