By: Sarah, Molly, Katie, Taylor, Susan and Alma
Poison gas was a newly developed technology in World War I. Poison gas was first developed by the French and used by both the French and the Germans. In October of 1914, Germans fired gas grenades at the French that caused sneezing. There are many different types of gas that have different side affects besides sneezing.
-burning feeling in throat
When phosgene gas is inhaled, the person in contact will begin coughing. The person will die of choking. If even more gas is inhaled, instead of dying from choking, the victim will die around 48 hours later from delayed effects of gas.
After developing many different gases, the Germans invented a new form of weaponry that contained artillery shells called Mustard Gas. Mustard Gas was an unscented chemical that brought extreme blisters. Chlorine was a shield to protect yourself from the destructive mustard gas.
Protection Against Gas
Some medical aids for gas wounds and blisters first included chlorine to help wounds. They later developed cotton pads that were dipped in bicarbonate of soda to hold over the face.
To protect from poisonous gasses soldiers would typically wear protective masks similar to the one below.
Even some animals were given gas masks.
This is a gas protected pigeon loft.
In the battle of Ypres, this bell was used to warn people of the poison gas.
In conclusion, poison gas killed millions of people through out World War 1. There were many types of gases that could severely wound you or even kill you. Many found different ways of protection from the gas and the chemicals. Poison gas was later banned in 1925.