This is a very rare find from the battlefield as it is a fragile item normally long ago rotted away a British soldiers small box respirator gas mask filter. The filter is very rusty but still in nice solid condition with some rust holes and some rust damage there is no paintwork and it is covered in mud still it has been left in as found condition still with a lot of dirt attached it is not braking up or falling apart but is fragile to move about but this filter is perfect for display but leave alone on the shelve .This is very rare to get British gas mask relic which would have been used by a British solider properly fighting in the 1st July 1916 battle and from the battlefield. The filter was recovered on the 18th January 2012 from the old German trench line on the edge of Delville Woods in Longueval on the Somme battlefield of July-September 1916. A very nice relic from the famous Somme battlefield. The filter comes with a A5 laminated information card.
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Delville Wood was a tract of woodland, nearly 1 kilometre square, the western edge of which touched the village of Longueval in the Somme. On 14 July 1916 the greater part of Longueval village was taken by the 9th (Scottish) Division and on the 15th, the South African Brigade of that Division captured most of Delville Wood. The wood now formed a salient in the line, with Waterlot Farm and Mons Wood on the south flank still in German hands, and, owing to the height of the trees, no close artillery support was possible for defence.