WWI Gas Hood

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1992.1397. National Army Museum

An early example of a WWI gas hood developed to provide personal protection against poison gas attacks. Gas hoods such as this example were adopted in mid-November 1915 and used throughout the war. To increase their level of protection, they were later dipped in a chemical solution to further neutralize the effects of certain poisonous gases. The Battle of the Somme marked the first time New Zealand forces fired gas shells, delivering a cloud of poison directly over the enemy position.