Belgium L702 gas mask complete with filter used by civilian's and the Army.This mask is in lovely condition the rubber is still solid and has maker markings the filter has original paintwork .The mask came from a local market at Ypres in Belgium a nice example of this famous gas mask perfect for display or any collection.
The L-702 gas mask is a gas mask manufactured from 1938 to 1940 by the Société Belge de l'Azote et des Produits Chimiques du Marly (also known as SBA) in Liege, Belgium. It was made out of the same rubber as its predecessor, the SBA respirator, but the face piece was of a simpler design and there was no way to replace the eyeglasses if they were damaged. It was mass-produced in its two year lifespan, with some estimates saying over a million were produced
The L-702 was first produced in 1938 in order to replace the SBA respirator, which had also been produced by the Société Belge de l'Azote. With the second world war looming in the near future, civilian demand for gas masks had significantly increased. However the high price for a SBA respirator (an industrial gas mask, not a civil one), led to the creation of the L-702. The new mask and its corresponding filters were of a simpler design and were manufactured from cheaper materials, making them much more cost effective and accessible to the public. The L-702 was made in two types - an active version (with bag and hose) and a passive version (with a metal canister and no hose). The carrying case issued with the active version was identical to the case issued with the SBA respirator.
SBA kept producing the L-702 until they were shut down by the occupying German army in 1940
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