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IG squad with gasmasks - may 1940

An infanterie-gun squad with gasmasks on, pushing a 75 mm infantry gun forward.

These infantry guns were still much used during the May War. They were quite useless, for the maximum range was very limited due to the extremely short barrel, and the gun always presented as a prime target for any awaiting opponent.

During the battle for the Grebbeberg, these guns were used by both the Waffen SS and the Heer units. Also, on some ocassions, the Germans indeed wore gasmasks during the raging battle. Especially the older Dutch artillery used ammunitions that produced a yellowish fume after detonation. That combined wiht the stinge of sulpher and powder made some German field-commanders think that the Dutch used poison-gas. Obviously that was not the case at all.

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