The R.S. 35 was a particular mask for the civilian population made of woven wire cloth. It was the 11th gas mask approved by the S.C.M. (Servizio Chimico Militare, chemical military service) on 28 January 1936.
Mask overview EditThe R.S. 35, although similar in setup to the T.35, is quite different in form. The face piece is made of woven metallic cloth, a rare choice in Italian gas masks of the period. This material allows the face piece to be stored indefinitely (exception made for the valves and the glasses, which can degrade more easily), but there might be the problem of asbestos woven into the fabric, the presence of which has yet to be proven. The "triplex" glass eye pieces are held onto the mask using metal crimps, like most other Italian masks and sport proprietary anti-fogging lenses' clamps. The exhale valve is stored in a small box at the front, which is closed at the front by a lid and is connected to the mask by a metal ring. At the bottom, there is a metal 40 mm thread with its inhale valve. The mask sports a 5 straps head harness and an additional strap at the bottom to keep the mask hanging from the neck in case of a gas attack alert.
Filter EditThe filter, colored yellow, comes wrapped in paper. It has a thread on the bottom to put an additional filter if the main filter runs out, as changing filter in a contaminated situation was not deemed safe with this mask. The shape of the filter is the same as the T.35 one, with the addition of the bottom thread.
Kit EditThe R.S. 35 mask came in a cardboard box with the filter, instructional pamphlet (photos of which are in the next question), UNPA advertisement and a small card box with a spare exhale valve and anti-fogging lenses. The box itself tightly fits all the aforementioned items and it is closed via a bit of tape.
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