The Pirelli M.29 was a limited production run mask produced in Italy for the Belgian army.
Mask overview Edit
The face piece of the M.29 is made of leather, with two single-layer glass eye pieces. It uses a 5 points head-harness. The intake-outtake piece in the front sports a metal piece to which the hose is connected. Inside the maks, there is a primitive Tissot system to prevent fogging. The hose itself was made of rubber.This mask is the cheaper successor of the Pirelli M.24: the face piece is slightly less thick, the straps were reduced from 7 to 5, the intake-outtake piece is smaller and lighter. Overall, this mask seems much less bulky but less sturdy.
After the short-lived Pirelli M.24, the Belgian army was looking for a replacement, offered again by Pirelli. Although rubber was widely used with coeval masks, the decision was to use leather again. This choice was not really pondered, because the supply of this mask ceased after only one year of very slow production; the M.29 still suffered the single-layer eye pieces problem of the M.24 and leather was not deemed suitable for combat anymore. The M.29 was replaced in 1931, and never saw combat again.