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M-65 (Germany)

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Overview Edit

The M-65 is a German gas mask manufactured by the German company Dräger, who also manufactured the M-65Z (German: Zivilschutz - "Civil Defence"). Both are designed for military use, in which it is still active today for training purposes as well as industry use as it has been since production of the M-65 started in the late 60s.

Features Edit

The mask features two triangular eyepieces which are made of acrylic glass; these lenses provide a great field of vision which is aided by the fact that the lenses almost never fog up (if the mask is fitted, tightened and worn properly). The mask uses an all rubber 5-point head harness that fits the wearer very comfortably, however the head harness can be hard to adjust at times.

This mask's intake valve assembly uses NATO 40mm filter and is compatible with all NATO compliant-filters. Upon inhaling, air passes under the chin through two inlet valves so that the lenses don't get fogged up. The exhale valve and voice diaphragm are combined into one unit with 19 holes which air passes through them upon exhalation. The inhale and exhale valve assemblies are constructed of an O.D. plastic that matches the color of the mask's facepiece, and the oral-nasal cup of the mask is made of the same rubber as the facepiece.

The mask also has a 3mm wide rubber peripheral seal which surrounds the entirety of the facepiece to form a better seal around the wearer's face. This flap also adds comfort to the mask when it is worn. The M-65Z has a wire mesh that is located in the inhale and exhale assemblies, the mesh's function is to keep out dirt and any other foreign objects out of the inhale and exhale ports.

Both intake and outlet assemblies are held in place with two O.D. or chrome metal clamps, which can be seen around the inhale and exhale ports. The company Dräger was contracted by the German military to produce both the M-65 and M-65Z. The mask is also very commonly seen in combination with older German charcoal lined NBC suits as well as the newer "Zodiac style" NBC suits, although today the M-65Z is still being used in training it has officially been replaced by the M2000 in 1999 and is slowly being taken out of service completely.

Accessories Edit

This mask was issued in a rubberized canvas bag, but was also issued in a grey plastic canister, similar to that of the WW2 German gas masks, with the exception of the M-65's canister being made of plastic and being more oval than circular in shape.

Foreign Variants Edit

M15 Edit

The Israeli M-15 gas mask bears some resemblance, and was likely based on the M-65, but with a few more features, such as a voice diaphragm and a drinking tube on the side of the mask.

M-74 and M-85 Edit

A licensed copy of the German M-65Z gas mask would be the Romanian M-74 gas mask, which is a licensed copy of the German variant.

T-62 Edit

Another licensed copy is the Republic of China (Taiwan) copy known as the T-62, it uses a pale blue rubber with black plastic furniture, the version I have is for Police/Prison use, but variants for Naval and Military service do exist.

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