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Uncle Goose

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  • Birthday 10/27/1977

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  1. Uncle Goose

    KM Gas Mask Named to Distler

    Well, the most obvious thing that makes it different than the standard is the cap that you can screw off on the side of the gas mask, when you removed the cap you could screw in a special microphone which could be plugged in a radio set. The microphones are quite rare today and highly sought after making them way too pricey for my taste. The rest of the mask is the same as any other GM-30 (3rd model). Funkers like these are also made with GM-30 1st models and 2nd models although they are somewhat more rare. The funker masks were distributed across the entire German army, not all mask have a KM stamp. Many think they were only issued to the KM but that's not correct since all brances of the Army rellied heavily on communication.
  2. Uncle Goose

    KM Gas Mask Named to Distler

    This is a GM-30/funker issued to personel that had to use radio equipment. According to the stamp it's a KM mask. wouldn't worry too much about the color of the cannister, I have seen many different colors and shades over the years, it's dated 1939 so no problems there. Nice and honest set.
  3. Nice British Mickey Mouse gas mask, they are not so common any more and are pretty popular with gas mask collectors. It's certainly an eye catcher in this bright orange color. There is also a Canadian version made of this mask but in plain black rubber instead of the orange. It was believed that the bright colors were making children less frightened to put in on.
  4. Uncle Goose

    US Gas Mask and Bag

    This is an American M3 Diaphragm (second model) gas mask, too bad it's in bad condtion, these are pretty uncommon and can fetch good money if in good conditon. It was later replaced by the more common M3A1 Diaphragm gas mask.
  5. I think if you look closely to the barrel of the gun one of the soldier has that it's a M1 Carbine barrel, so that would indeed place it post war.
  6. Uncle Goose

    Who's there?

    Guess I never introduced myself here so here we go. I'm Filip and I live in Ghent, Belgium. My main interest lies in collecting gas masks and I'm already collecting for about 20 years now. This resulted in a collection of about 320 different gas masks from WW1 till present times, military, civil as well as industrial gas masks are welcome in my collection. Collecting gas masks alone makes me a kind of an oddball in the collectors community but it gives me the chance to grab various rare gas masks for little money because very few know what some gas masks are. So if you have any question about gas masks then you can always drop me a line. I have made a website about the Belgian gas masks used throughout the years ( http://www.gasmasks.be ), it needs a small update but this will be after my exams. Enjoy and see you on the forums (or the military fairs for some of you).
  7. Uncle Goose

    GP-5 Gas Mask

    The military version has a different bag and the snout (where the filter is screwed on) is larger although I'm not sure the black ones are ever used by the army.
  8. Uncle Goose

    lieca camera

    Fake as shit, no Leica has ever been originally engraved with eagles and swastika's. An original Leica used by the German army should only bear the Eigentum marking on the back and nothing more. Furthermore it hasn't the slow speed dial on the front which it should have if it were original. This isn't even a Leica but a Russian copy of the Leica that has been faked to look like an official Leica with Nazi engravings. Total rubbish.
  9. Uncle Goose

    Film container

    since it's made by Zeiss and i'ts for 120 film (6cm indicates that) it must be a camera from that company. Try to ask in www.photo.net (classic camera section), there are a bunch of people there that know a lot of old camera's. Seeing the special lug at the side and being kriegsmarine marked it must have gone on some sort of scope (maybe even periscope?).
  10. Uncle Goose

    1964 Issued M17 w/ M6 Chemical hood

    If it was in civilian use it should have been stripped from all US markings. Also, firemen rarely use filter based gas masks but rather compressed air because filters don't make up for low oxygen atmospheres or CO. The police force doesn't need a chemical hood as they only use teargas and in most cases they use dedicated tear gas filters. In my opinion it was always an army gas mask.
  11. Uncle Goose

    Anaesthesia..

    Chloroform has another bad property, the fact it decomposes into phosgene over time. So ether was better and slightly safer than Chloroform.
  12. Yeah, paint can be difficult to judge. Sometimes you can't be sure which paint is used by what branch. I think in the field they were inclined to use the any suitable paint they could get their hands on, certainly if supply was problematic.
  13. Looks good for me, but whether it's battleship camo I'm not sure. Gas masks had limited use on a navy ship and most were just stowed away because a gas attack on the sea had never been done before, so there would be little use for it. And what good would a camo job do on a boat? it's not that you can have any benefit of a paint job in that situation.
  14. Together with the German Cross in Gold one of the nicest looking TR awards. Weird thing is that this award was allowed to be worn after the war (denazified of course), not very logical considering the atrocities that happened on both sides. I know the partisans were not protected by the Geneve convention but considering it's history it's certainly odd. I wonder if the Post war version was regularly worn.
  15. Uncle Goose

    Greetings to all

    Yes, I know Cristophe. But to say I know Everything is perhaps a little far-fetched, even I learn new things once in a while, even about Belgian gasmasks. I am however not offended if somebody has a different opinion on something or knows something that I don't know, like I said before, only by sharing information we keep the history alive. I'm glad we have forums like these and of course the internet in general. I remember the times when I started to collect, there was no internet and it was impossible to find information about gasmasks, everything you knew came from the stories from dealers (and most of the time they were stories, nowere near the reality). Oh how times have changed!! Nowadays dealers ask me what they have and not the other way around. :)
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