Chemical Warfare

Kaden Finch

Mustard Gas

When pure mustard gas is a colorless and odorless liquid, but it's used as a chemical agent in impure form. These yellow-brown in color and have and odor resembling garlic or horseradish. Powerful irritant and vesicant (blistering agent) that can damage the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. Causes chemical burns on contact with skin. Forms intermediates that react with DNA leading to cell death. On July 12th 1917, German forces used mustard gas against the British at Ypres. The mortality rate of mustard gas was low at 2-3%, but its effects were debilitating, and patients required elaborate care.