Gas Mask
(546 words)

Gas Mask

With the first use of chemical weapons in 1915, the newly developed gas mask became a vital piece of equipment for every soldier. Success or failure in the military employment of poison gas depended on whether the attacking troops were themselves protected against any possible poisoning and whether the defenders had sufficient warning, sufficient training, and were sufficiently equipped to don their masks in time. Each individual soldier required personal protective gear that offered the …

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Mülle, Rolf-Dieter, “Gas Mask”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0231>
First published online: 2015



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