Poison gas can be really deadly, depending on the type of gas they're using. Here, you'll read about the 4 different types of poison gas used during World War I: chlorine gas, tear gas, mustard gas, and (di)phosgene gas.
A big field full of poison gas from an attack
ways to protect yourself
There were two ways to protect yourself from a gas attack. The first was to use a gas mask. If you didn't have a gas mask, you could use a wet piece of cloth (either using water or urine) to breath through to neutralize the effects.
The 4 different types of poison gases and the effects
Chlorine Gas: reacts with the water in your lungs and forms acid causing coughing, vomiting, and irritation to the eyes.
Mustard gas: can damage eyes skin & respiratory tract and causes chemical burns on contact with skin.
Tear Gas: irritates eyes, throat,, mouth and lungs, leading to crying, coughing, and breathing difficulties.
Phosgene & Diphosgene: reacts with protons in the lungs causing suffocation, coughing, breathing difficulties, and irritation to the throat and eyes.