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"German Antigas Equipment for Horses" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following description of German antigas equipment for horses was originally printed in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 25, May 20, 1943.

[DISCLAIMER: The following text is taken from the U.S. War Department publication Tactical and Technical Trends. As with all wartime intelligence information, data may be incomplete or inaccurate. No attempt has been made to update or correct the text. Any views or opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the website.]


The horse still plays an important part in the German Army. For example, there are over 4,000 horses in the German infantry division.

German antigas equipment for horses is reported to include the following:

(1) A gas mask with 2 canisters. The mask protects horses and mules against all gases affecting the respiratory organs. The life of the canisters is several hours, depending upon the concentration of the gas and the nature of the animal's work; the canisters can be readily changed;

(2) A pair of goggles to be worn with the gas mask to protect the eyes from spray;

(3) A set of hoof covers to protect the lower part of the leg on contaminated ground. The front-leg covers are shorter than the hind ones;

(4) A supply of decontamination material.

All of the above items are carried in a single special container.


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