This is a rare find French soldiers ARS 17 pattern gas mask tin, post ww1 manufacture all but the same tin used in world war 1 from 1917. The tin is complete the lid still opens and closes and is air tight does have a few small dents from use it is rusty but surface rust only it has a few very small rust holes and damage and has some of its original green paintwork and white stamped markings on the lid very clear to see and on the inside of the lid with its near complete paper label again clear to see markings it has been nicely cleaned perfect for display or any collection. The tin was used by a French soldier in 1940 as it was found years ago in a brocante shop in Dunkirk left after the evacuation It has now come from the private collection which it has been in for many years since it was found a very nice and rare relic from the Dunkirk pocket of 1940.
The Battle of Dunkirk took place in Dunkirk, France, during the Second World War between the Allies and Nazi Germany. As part of the Battle of France on the Western Front, the Battle of Dunkirk was the defence and evacuation of British and Allied forces in Europe from 26 May – 4 June 1940.
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