The Gasplane was introduced on 15 March 1939 by Heeres Mitteilung 210 and initially it had the two official purposes; As a defence against liquid gases dropped out of aircraft and as a blanket to cover poisoned terrain. Army regulations stipulated that the Gasplane had to be carried in the field in addition to the Gasmask and be ready for use.

The standard Gasplane could only be used once, a later variant made for Tropical and Arctic environments could be reused.