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Chemical Attack Preperations

Written by: George Chittenden : 25 Jun 2019

This unusual photo was taken at a London hospital, back in 1940. Due to a nation-wide fear of chemical attack, the British Government issued gas masks to protect people in case the Germans dropped poison gas bombs on Britain. Small children were issued with colourful masks, often depicting Walt Disney’s early characters to make them more appealing, but what about actual babies? Well, as you can imagine protecting babies created a more complex problem. special cradle-like respirators were created and tested, which provided complete enclosure for the baby.

These devices were only to be issued if an emergency situation arose and were suitable for children up to two years old. The device required someone to pump air into the mask. On the side of the mask was an asbestos filter, and this absorbed poisonous gases… and yeah asbestos! The photo was taken during a drill to make sure the hospital could implement the procedures for a poison gas attack

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