Gas Warfare
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Gas Warfare

With the large-scale use of poisonous chlorine gas at Ypres on April 22, 1915, the Germans opened a new chapter in the history of modern warfare. It marked the birth of a new “weapon of mass destruction,” which has had a profound impact on war and peace in the twentieth century and beyond. The use of poison gas became one of the hallmark phenomena of the First World War because it changed the image of the soldier and his “chivalrous struggle” much more radically than any other contemporary weapons development.

The question of guilt – which side violated the Hague Convention…

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Müller, Rolf-Dieter, “Gas Warfare”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 25 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0232>
First published online: 2015



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