For US soldiers in 1917 training for World War I required knowing and being comfortable using a gas mask. Chemical warfare during trench battles was the norm. So, as a part of their defense training all soldiers would wear a gas mask while practicing their individual task. Heck, they even wore them while relaxing during a game of Baseball.
Check out the vintage video below from youtube that briefly shows trainees playing Baseball while wearing gas mask. The video is just a clip from the 1918 film Chemical Warfare Activities in the AEF.
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