Soldiers would have to put on simple gas masks and if these were unsuccessful, an attack could leave a victim in agony for days and weeks before he finally gave up on his injuries. It was found that the ammonia in the pad neutralized the chlorine. These pads were held over the face until the soldiers could escape from the poisonous fumes. Other soldiers preferred to use handkerchiefs, a sock, a flannel body-belt, dampened with a solution of bicarbonate of soda, and tied across the mouth and nose until the gas passed over (poisongas. rg). This technique however idn’t always work. Mustard gas has been said to be a favorite of the US because it could be easily changed into bombs. Mustard gas could produce wounds looking like burns or blisters when they come into contact with the skin. Symptoms showed between 2-24 hours and if they didn’t you would know that you weren’t exposed. Symptoms included: becoming hoarse, skin start to swell, eye pain, sneezing, and coughing. The most common death of being exposed to the mustard gas was lung failure.
World War One Poison Gas
The only treatments for being exposed to the gas were removal of all of your clothing and having your head because those were mainly the areas that usually got exposed. Most people believe that the Germans were the first ones to use gas, but really it was the French. The French threw grenades that were full of gas at their enemies. The Germans didn’t do anything to stop the French from using the gas. The Germans thought it was a good idea so they started using it themselves. The first gas that was used was tear gas but when the soldiers realized that the gas was less severe and didn’t do much at all, so the soldiers started using chlorine.
The soldiers usually hid in a trench which was a skinny, deep pit surrounded with barbed wire that was used for fghting. The trench was like a wall and protected the soldiers. The gas injured many soldiers, burning their lungs and skin. Trenches didn’t provide much protection, which made it an effective weapon. Eventually the gas was banned because the Declaration was signed which objected to the use of deleterious gases. As you can see chemical weapons put a huge impact on World War One soldiers using them in the early 1900’s we wouldn’t get to learn about it in history oday.
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