The First Gas Attack
"The two sides had clashed near Ypres, Belgium, in April 1915. This time the French troops faced a new danger--chlorine, a gas that is poisonous in large amounts. German soldiers opened steel tanks to release the gas, which drifted over French troops in their trenches. One French soldier described his reaction to the gas attack: "It burned my throat, cause pains in my chest, and made breathing all but impossible. I spat blood and suffered dizziness. We all thought that we were lost." (Author Michael Burgan)
The Livens Projector
The Livens Projector was a small type of mortar that would launch shells that contained poison gas. These shells would open when they came in contact with the ground and would spread the gas around.While gas masks helped keep some victims alive, others weren't as fortunate. A gas mask was great protection from the gas but some failed after a little bit of use.