Facial Hair and Gas Mask

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Facial Hair and Gas Mask

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 07 Jan 2020 10:57

Was it true that German regulations issued to all troops from junior officers to privates in the Kaiser's Army to have a clean shaven face (sometimes having mustaches short and trimmed) because of the fitting of German gas masks issued to them? This regulations spans form 1915 onwards?

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Re: Facial Hair and Gas Mask

Post by OpanaPointer » 07 Jan 2020 14:18

Facial hair can ruin the seal on a gas mask. It wouldn't be surprising if such an order was issued. It sometimes takes a few extra orders to keep the line dogs from killing themselves by accident.
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