Yugoslavic M-1 Grey Gas Mask


The Yugoslavian M1 gas mask was issued to all miltiary personnel and all civilians from the late 1960s to late 1995. The mask was used during the entirety of the Yugoslav wars. The mask is a direct copy of the US M9A1 Gas Mask, following a trend of that time along with the Finnish M61 and Swedish M51. Like the M9a1, it uses a 60mm thread for the filter. The mask was produced in two models: the M-1, and the MC-1. The only known difference between the two is that the MC-1 lacks the oral-nasal cup. The M-1 gas mask has M-59 marked in raised rubber, while the MC-1 has a white stamp of MC-1 over this marking. The mask is made of a light greenish blue rubber, and uses a light O.D metal for the lense rims. The filter is the same color as the lense rims. The mask also uses a very simple code along the cheek that shows the mask's production year, batch number, and number of masks produced in that batch. 78-002-007, for example, would mean that the mask was produced in 1978 in batch number 2, and that it is one of the seven masks were produced in that batch. The filters issued with the mask are also marked with date of manufacture and series number- 83-011 would be a series 11 filter made in 1983. The mask uses white fabric tape to help seal around the exhale and inhale ports, whereas the US M9A1 uses a black fabric tape.

There were two versions of the M1 mask distributed, one earlier version that only included the mask and filter with the bag and the later version with the protection kit. There were two versions of the mask with protective kit- one for civil defense [MC.1], the other probably for military use and also civil defense. The personal protection kit can be distinguished by the different bag, and the markings KOMPLETOM ZA LIČNU ZAŠTITU GRAÐANA on the front [the MC-1 version of this kit is also marked SA MASKOM MC.1 {or sometimes M1.C}]. The personal protection kit includes: M1 [or MC-1] Gas Mask, Filter, Plastic NBC Protective Cloak, Chemical Bandage, Radiation tester, one large cloth for cleaning along with one small anti-fog cloth, and an instruction manual. Some kits come with the Yugoslavian LPD decontamination kit, while others do not- the exact reasons for this are unknown. The JNA (Yugoslavian People's Army) and civilians used the mask until it was replaced by the M2 gas mask.