Chemical weapon used in World War I

Chemical weapons were first used in World War I to demoralize, injure and kill. It’s sad that technology and weapons develop mostly during wars, but as it seems, people use their intelligence only when they’re life is in danger or when they want to destroy or kill someone/something.

Most frequent of those chemical weapons were tear gas, mustard gas, phosgene and chlorine.

In the later stages of the war, as the use of gas increased, its overall effectiveness diminished. The widespread use of these agents of chemical warfare, and wartime advances in the composition of high explosives, gave rise to an occasionally expressed view of World War I as “the chemists’ war”.

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German prisoners wear gas masks in Ypres, France in an April, 1915 file photo.Gas warfare, which recently killed hundreds of people in Syria, actually began on a sunny morning almost a century ago, and among its first victims were hundreds of Canadians. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-File

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circa 1915: French troops wearing an early form of gas mask in the trenches during the 2nd Battle of Ypres. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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UNSPECIFIED -  : World War I 1914-1918: The blind leading the blind. Men of the 55th British Division, casualties of a poison gas attack walking in single file with hand on shoulder of man in front, 10 April 1918. Chemical Warfare Military Soldier (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

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