Events for Friday 22nd April 2022

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WWI: Germans use poison gas for the first time

22nd April 1915

German forces shock Allied soldiers along the Western Front by firing 168 tons of lethal chlorine gas against two French divisions and one Canadian division at Ypres, Belgium. This was the first major gas attack by the Germans, and it devastated the Allied line. Immediately after the attack, France and Britain began developing their own chemical weapons and gas masks. With the Germans taking the lead, an extensive number of projectiles filled with deadly substances such as mustard gas polluted the trenches of World War I.

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Magnificent But Not War
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by John Dixon

This book is a superbly researched and detailed account of the fighting around Ypres during April and May 1915. It is essentially a day-by-day record of the Second Battle of Ypres which draws heavily upon personal accounts, regimental histories and war diaries to present a comprehensive study of the battle… Read more...

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