Chlorine Gas Use in WWI

This video by the US National WWI Museum about chemical warfare is well worth watching in the context of the present day alleged chemical warfare in Syria.

The German Army first used chlorine gas cylinders in April 1915 against the French Army at Ypres when they released over 5,700 canisters of gas onto the French lines.

The effects of the gas were striking: two whole French divisions, each 10,000 strong, completely collapsed.

They asphyxiated as their lungs filled with liquid, violently coughing as they choked and vomited, their eyes burning. Many broke from their positions and ran for the rear, the lucky ones were blinded and had their lungs wrecked, the rest just died in their trenches, gassed like rats.

Chlorine is a yellow-green gas that is heavier than air so sinks into holes, it could persist in the bottom of the trenches for hours. Why are there no pictures from Syria showing clouds of gas? How did Syrian children survive when grown men in WWI died in their thousands?

The point being, any study of the gas warfare of WWI will quickly make you realise just how fake the Syrian gassing narrative really is.

Or maybe those poor poilu in the trenches around Ypres just didn’t know you could wash the stuff off with water? Okay, sarcastic humour really doesn’t work when we’re on such a serious subject, but you get the point…


Ian Greenhalgh
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3 Replies to “Chlorine Gas Use in WWI

  1. Interesting. Also interesting to note is that: Considered uncivilised prior to World War One, the development and use of poison gas was necessitated by the requirement of wartime armies to find new ways of overcoming the stalemate of unexpected trench warfare.

    First Use by the French

    Although it is popularly believed that the German army was the first to use gas it was in fact initially deployed by the French. In the first month of the war, August 1914, they fired tear-gas grenades (xylyl bromide) against the Germans. Nevertheless the German army was the first to give serious study to the development of chemical weapons and the first to use it on a large scale.

    As in just about ANY case, once the door is opened by one side, the other “ups the ante” and uses a more effective means. So – Who “let the Genie out of the bottle”? The French Did…

  2. There’s so many “anomalies” in the fake world of reality.
    This GAS charade being one of them.
    Thanks for making a point . . . where’s the gas cloud?
    And lest we forget who created this WWI asphyxiation chlorine gas . . . the mustard gas of yellow/greenish hue. Why it was a good German Jew, Herr Franz Haber, aka the Father of Chemical Warfare. He was such a chemist he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1918. Bravo. Clap, clap, clap.
    And the uptick was . . . the gas mask industry was born. So thanks all you Ypres men who were chlorinated. You made a lot of men who were not down in the trenches sucking it up, very, very rich.
    Perhaps Herr Haber bought stock in those outfitters! Double-downed. I’m sure there’s a lot of people who would think he was genius if he did that.
    The lovely business of war, being as it were . . .

  3. Good article.
    I warched this on RT yesterday. The burn pits were built on top of old sites that had toxic chemical waste.
    There is a problem in UAE countries with respiratory illnesses amongst the population.
    Not surprised with the toxic fumes being blown all over the place. I consider this as a form of gassing. They must have known what they were doing when they chose to build burn pits on top of former toxic waste sites.
    Thousands of American soldiers returned from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan with severe illnesses. They are not the victims of ruthless enemy warfare, but of decisions made by their own military commanders.

    These soldiers were sickened by the poisonous smoke and ash swirling out of the “burn pits.” According to soldiers who served there, every type of waste was disposed of and burned in these toxic open-air dumps, including batteries, appliances, vehicles, plastics, dead animals … even human body parts.
    Today, up to 100,000 soldiers are sick and dying.

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