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Thu Jan 31, 2019, 10:30 AM

This day in history January 31

On January 31, 1915 Germans used poison gas in WW I

German forces fired eighteen thousand gas shells on Russian troops stationed west of Warsaw, in Bolimov. However, the shells had little impact upon the soldiers, because tear gas does not vaporize in freezing conditions. Although it hurt Germany's standing with neutral countries, all of which quickly and resoundingly condemned its use, German forces used poisonous gas again, in April 1915, at the Second Battle of Ypres. This time, a green, gas-filled cloud five miles wide hovered over the trenches, causing panic and death from suffocation. By 1918, both sides in the war were using poisonous gas as an effective means to cause disruption prior to an attack. Eventually, because of advances made in protective gear, the gas wasn't as deadly as it had been. US causalities of gas warfare were estimated at 72,807, with 1,462 immediate deaths; many died later from side effects. (The History Channel)

A relative of mine suffered from a gas attack in WW I, eventually dying at a young age.

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Thu Jan 31, 2019, 02:04 PM

1. When I was a kid we lived next door to a WWI vet who had a lung removed because of a gas attack.

He lived to a ripe old age though. He taught me and my brother how to look for wild berry plants.

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