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During WW1, there were mainly 3 types of gasses used: Tear gas, Poison gas and Mustard gas.
Although first used by the French in August 1914 as an eye irritant, the Germans conducted the first large scale gas attack on January 31, 1915 in form of bromide (tear) gas against the Russians in the Battle of Bolimów. The gas ended up freezing in the cold conditions and wasn’t very successful. The first use of poisonous, chlorine gas was by the Germans on April 22, 1915 at the Belgian town of Ypres. This attack completely surprised the French troops holding the line, which suffered 6,000 casualties. Because of the unexpected major success and troops being terrified by their own gas, the Germans were unable to exploit their successes.
The British first used chlorine gas on September 25, 1915 at Loos in France. As the direction of the wind changed the British ended up gassing themselves.
In 1915 the French introduced the poisonous phosgene gas, which was much more effective than chlorine. Usually mixed with chlorine to spread the gas, phosgene was colorless, making it difficult to detect, and was much more deadlier. Approximately 85% of all soldiers who died from gas were to phosgene. Mustard gas is without a doubt the most infamous gas of WW1. It was first used by the Germans on July 14, 1917 at Ypres. Mustard gas is infamous for its horrifying effects on the human body. The skin of victims blistered, eyes became sore, victims would vomit and suffer internal and external bleeding. It could take up to 5 weeks for a mustard gas victim to die.
That feel when it’s 1917 and they still issue you a fucking lebel lol