First World War - War in the Air

gas indicator chart, ARP

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Catalogue number
  • EPH 2007
Display status
IWM North
Materials
  • cardboard
Dimensions
  • general: Diameter 19.0 cm
Alternative Names
  • FULL NAME: gas indicator chart, ARP
  • SIMPLE NAME: KIT
Creator
Category
equipment

History note

Used to give details of gases deemed to threaten the UK during the Second World War. When the yellow disc was turned so that the arrow pointed to a gas, the slots revealed the various details about that gas.

Physical description

chart a yellow disc secured on top of a wider white disc with the ability to turn the yellow disc; various slots have been cut into the yellow disc and are labelled 'properties', 'detection', 'melting or freezing point', 'persistent or non-persistent', 'effects' and 'first aid treatment' -these slots correspond to blocks of writing on the white disc which are only revealed when the slots are over the top of them; around the outer edge of the white disc are the names of various gases (see inscr [2]); an arrow is printed at the top of the yellow disc

[1] printed (on yellow inner disc) [2] printed (around outer edge of white disc) [3] printed (in various labelled boxes -see desc below)

[1] PROPERTIES DETECTION WAR GASES KEEP ALERT ALWAYS CARRY YOUR GAS MASK GEORGE PHILIP & SON, LTD., 32 FLEET STREET, E.C.4 Printed in Great Britain EFFECTS FIRST AID TREATMENT [2] LUNG IRRITANTS [LETHAL AGENTS] : CHLORINE / PHOSGENE / CHLORO-PICRIN BLISTER GASES [DESTRUCTIVE TO TISSUES] : MUSTARD / LEWISITE BLOOD POISONING : ARSINE TEAR GASES [HARASSING AGENTS TEMPORARY RESULTS] : C.A.P. / K.S.K. / B.B.C. NOSE IRRITANTS [HARASSING AGENTS TEMPORARY RESULTS] D.A. / D.M. / D.C. [3] [various]

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