1915: The First British Gas Masks

How the deadly effects of chlorine and phosgene gas were defeated by British scientists.  Researched using records in the UK National Archives and illustrated with exhibits from the Royal Engineers Museum, this two-part article ‘The First BEF Gas Respirators, 1915’ appeared in Military Illustrated, January & February 1991.

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See below for part two of the ‘First Gas Respirators, 1915.’


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Medics & Padres battlefield tour: Ypres & the French Coast, 2nd-5th August 2018


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Walking the Five Battle of Ypres, 28th September – 1st October 2018


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Understanding Chemical Warfare in the First World War


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Edward Harrison, who gave his life to protect against poison gas


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Yellow Cross: Measures to protect against Mustard Gas


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The First Gas Attacks, A Century On

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How a confused British response to the first German chlorine gas attacks led to the disaster of the British attack at Loos in September 1915.

Originally published in The Great War, Vol. 1, No. 4 and Vol. 2, No. 1 (1989). Click images to enlarge.

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Yellow Cross: the Advent of Mustard Gas in 1917