Women making gas masks

Women stepped into the factory jobs left behind by the men who had gone to war and Industries were re-tooled to manufacture wartime equipment.  Fortunately, these gas masks were never needed.  Although both the Germans and Americans developed battlefield gas weapons, none of them were used in World War 2.


Photographer unknown, c.1941


Accession number: H99.201/3898


From the State Library of Victoria's Pictures collection. Gift of The Age (Melbourne, Vic.), 1976.

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Roles for women in WWII