Gas protection for horses, West Ham, London, 1939.
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'The West Ham Borough Council Veterinary Department have devised a special gas protection bag for horses, and have instigated a corps of men and 21 dresing stations for any of the borough's 200,000 animals in the time of war. It is a large nose-bag which fits over the horse's head, and is fixed with a zip fastener, the idea being with a little food in the bag the horse would be quiet during an air raid. A long halter is also attached to allow the driver to get to shelter and still have his horse under control. The fetlocks are bandaged with special oil-skin to protect them from mustard gas'.