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Civilian Gas Masks During World War 2 in Britain

Everyone in Britain was given a gas mask in a cardboard box, to protect them from gas bombs, which could be dropped during air raids. By September 1939 some 38 million gas masks had been given out, house to house, to families. Thankfully, they were never to be needed.

Gas had been used a great deal in the First World War and many soldiers had died or been injured in gas attacks. During World War II , there was a fear that it would be used against ordinary people at home in Britain. Citizens were advised to have their gas masks with them at all times. Air raid siren tests were frequent and citizens were required to practice wearing their gas masks.

(Source: woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk)

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