East German Gas Mask Russian Soviet USSR SchMS E019 PBF Cold War NBC PRWU
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The SchMS is a Soviet gas mask originating during the Cold War era, designed for use by soviet snipers. It uses the standard Russian 40mm thread design to attach a filter and/or hose, and was issued with a standard EO-16 "coffee can" filter. "SchMs" is credited as the East German designation, as some sources point to the mask also being designated as the "� Ш-4" which roughly translates to RSH-4 or "Шлем-Маска ШМС" which roughly translates to Helmet-Mask ShMts. This gas mask is almost identical to the PRWU .Like other Soviet gas masks made during the Cold War, the SchMS was made in both grey and black variants. The SchMS has a voice emitter at the lower front area of the mask, which is covered by a protective metal cover with mulitple holes. The voice diaphragm is fairly standard for the time, using a thin piece of plastic below the metal protector piece to amplify speech. The mask lacks an oronasal cup, much like other Soviet masks during the cold war and as a result, the mask's lenses fog up fairly quickly. The lenses of the SchMS are positioned so that soldiers can look through various optical devices while wearing the mask.