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PH helmet

From The Great War 1914-1918
British P Helmet / PH Helmet gas mask from c.1915

A PH helmet is a type of anti-gas helmet with glass eyepieces and breathing tube introduced at the end of the 1915. It was superseded by the box respirator. The P helmet and PH helmet was issued as an improvement on the Hypo helmet to meet the German use of phosegene-chlorine gas mixtures in 1915. The helmets were made of flannelette soaked at first in a solution containing sodium phenolate, and later with hexamethy-lenetramine added to the solution.[1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.219.

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The above term is listed in our glossary of words and phrases of the Armed Forces of Great Britain during the Great War. Included are trench slang, service terms, expressions in everyday use, nicknames, the titles and origins of British and Commonwealth Regiments, and warfare in general. These words and phrases are contemporary to the war, which is reflected in the language used. They have been transcribed from three primary sources (see Contents). Feel free to expand upon and improve this content.
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