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The S6 NBC Respirator, otherwise known as the SR6, or Service Respirator No. 6, was an Anti-Gas, later NBC, respirator used by Great Britain during the 1960s until the 1980s when it was eventually replaced with the S10 NBC Respirator. The S6 was designed as a successor to the cheaper, rushed Light Respirator of the Second World War, ensuring the known issues with speech transmission, weapon sight compatibility, canister drag, eyepiece misting and overall comfort were addressed. The respirator was also required to afford the wearer protection against chemical weapons discovered following the capture of German chemical warfare laboratories.

The requirement for the S6 was understood as early as 1951 and 5,000 examples of the first model were produced by 1953 and trialled the following year. The original version did not consist of a facepiece attached canister, and instead used a connecting tube attached to a larger canister. As time went by, various improvements were incorporated. Alongside the issue of modifications of the Light Respirator, known as Mk. 6, 6/1 and later 7, the S6 was developed to a point where the War Office was happy to accept it into service. From the late 1950s, the S6 begin troop trials and was rolled out gradually over time. Until the 1980s, efforts were made to cheapen the mask, improve the protection afforded by the canisters and even design specialist fittings to help AFV crewmen.

The S6, in short, was a very necessary step forward for Britain owing to the problematic nature of the General Service/Light-type respirators. Whilst effective, the battlefield was changing, and the protection afforded by respirators needed to be increased quickly to protect the British Armed Forces from the threats which may have arisen during the Cold War.

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Design & Identification of the S6 Respirator & Prototypes[edit | edit source]

Experimental Respirator "P.T.N. 2" (1953) - D/46/34[edit | edit source]

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SR6 Mk. 1 Prototype "Type A" (1956) - D/46/35[edit | edit source]

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SR6 Mk. 1 Prototype "Type B" (Feb 1957) - D/46/36[edit | edit source]

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SR6 Mk. 1 Prototype "Type C" (July 1957)[edit | edit source]

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S6 Mk. 2 NBC Respirator (1960s - 80s)[edit | edit source]

Undergoing Research

Development of the Contents of the Respirator Haversack[edit | edit source]

Experimental "Tube-Attached Canister" Respirator D/46/34 (formerly P.T.N. 2) Kit Contents[edit | edit source]

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SR6 "Facepiece-Attached Canister" Prototypes (1956-57) Kit Contents[edit | edit source]

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SR6 AFV Adaption "Tube Attached Canister" Kit Contents[edit | edit source]

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Initial Issue S6 Mk. 2 Respirator Kit Contents[edit | edit source]

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Seconardy S6 Mk. 2 Respirator Kit Contents[edit | edit source]

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Final S6 Mk. 2 Respirator Kit Contents[edit | edit source]

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History of the S6 NBC Respirator[edit | edit source]

German Chemical Warfare Laboratory Investigation[edit | edit source]

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The German Trials[edit | edit source]

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The Requirement of a New Service Respirator[edit | edit source]

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Introduction of the Experimental Respirator P.T.N. 2[edit | edit source]

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The First Trials of 1954 with the P.T.N. 2 Respirator[edit | edit source]

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Tensions Arising among the Admiralty[edit | edit source]

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Design of the SR6 Model of 1956 & the Accepted Nomenclature[edit | edit source]

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The Second Trials Held from February to March 1956 with the new SR6 Design[edit | edit source]

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Design of the SR6 Model of February 1957, a Modification of the 1956 Model.[edit | edit source]

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Comparitive Trials Between the 1956 and Feb-57 SR6 Prototypes[edit | edit source]

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Design of the SR6 Model of July 1957 in Response to the Failing of the Previous Two Models[edit | edit source]

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Trials of the Light Respirator, SR6 Feb and July 1957 Models[edit | edit source]

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The Roadmap & Plans for Mass Issue[edit | edit source]

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The Troop Trials[edit | edit source]

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An Attempt to Further Cheapen the Respirator[edit | edit source]

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The Design and Trials of the AFV Crewmen Adaption Kit[edit | edit source]

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The Design and Trials of Extra Small Facepieces[edit | edit source]

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Mass Issuing the S6 Mk. 2 NBC Respirator[edit | edit source]

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The Development of the NBC Canister and Introduction of the No. 2 Mk. 1 Design[edit | edit source]

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Issues Discovered with the Compatibility with Optical Equipment[edit | edit source]

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Issues Discovered with the Airbag in Extreme Climates[edit | edit source]

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Final Reviews of the S6 NBC Respirator[edit | edit source]

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S6 NBC Respirator Drill[edit | edit source]

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Repair Procedure for the S6 NBC Respirator[edit | edit source]

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References & Further Reading[edit | edit source]

  • Defence Equipment Committee: new service respirator, held at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, London, United Kingdom.
  • Design of new respirator for British service personnel, held at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, London, United Kingdom.
  • Advisory Council : design of new respirators for British Services, held at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, London, United Kingdom.
  • New service respirator: production and review of stocks, held at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, London, United Kingdom.
  • Defensive Equipment Committee: services report on new service respirator, held at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, London, United Kingdom.
  • New service respirator: 2nd trials version, held at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, London, United Kingdom.
  • Ergonimics of respirator, comparison of L7, S6 and M17 masks, held at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, London, United Kingdom.
  • Trial of three versions of respirator, anti-gas, S.6 (normal size), held at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, London, United Kingdom.
  • AORG trial of respirator prototype July 1957 model, held at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, London, United Kingdom.
  • AORG trial of respirator prototype SR6, Feb 1957, held at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, London, United Kingdom.
  • AORG trial of respirator proto - SR6, 1956 model, held at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, London, United Kingdom.
  • Anti-gas respirators: provision of new type, held at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, London, United Kingdom.
  • Service respirator trials, held at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, London, United Kingdom.
  • S6 respirator: troop trials, held at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, London, United Kingdom.
  • Respirator microphone No 3 : user trials, held at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, London, United Kingdom.
  • Incompatibility of weapon sight interface devices with the Respirator, NBC (Nuclear Biological and Chemical), S6, held at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, London, United Kingdom.
  • "Survive to Fight"
  • Examples from the collections of Baroque4Days & GasMasksUK
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