The Evil Effects of Mustard Gas
There’s lots being done to commemorate the four years of World War One. Although I love history there’s nothing quite like a personal story to underline the horrific nature of war and the effects it had on the men who suffered because of it.
Chemical warfare is no new thing, even in our modern times. It goes back hundreds, even thousands of years, eg poisoned tipped arrows. Mustard gas was the first known chemical warfare of the 20th century. It was first used by the German army in 1917. Britain soon followed suit in 1918. The evil of this chemical is described vividly on Wikipedia as thus:
Because people exposed to mustard gas rarely suffer immediate symptoms, and mustard-contaminated areas may appear completely normal, victims can unknowingly receive high dosages. Within 24 hours of exposure to mustard agent, victims experience intense itching and skin irritation, which gradually turns into large…
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