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Soldier on guard wearing a chemical warfare suit, 1938.


Soldier on guard wearing a chemical warfare suit, 1938.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


A photograph of a sentry outside Wellington Barracks, London, dressed in a full chemical protection suit and a gas mask, taken by Sayers for the Daily Herald newspaper on 10 February, 1938. The sentry was taking part in a demonstration on air raid precautions. A piece of specially treated paper is attached to his bayonet. This acts as a detector which changes colour when gas is present, enabling the sentry to raise the alarm. The photograph is from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.

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