The Weapons Of the Great War- Gases Samantha, Kiara, Madison, Andrew

Chlorine Gas: released from cylinders by turning a cock

Phosgene and Mustard Gas: delivered by cylinders and artillery; target range as well as a variety of gases released, can be thrown

American Soldier Wearing Gas Mask

Homemade Grenades: Forming a canister with a 16-inch cane handle, it was ignited by removing a safety pin through the top

Cylindricals: Referred to as the 'cricket ball' grenade, was ignited by striking the grenade like a match before it was promptly despatched skywards

Poison Gas was first used by the French

Tear Gas Grenades were first launches by the French against the Germans in August of 1914

Germans were the first to give serious study to the development of chemical weapons and the first to use it on a large scale

Soldiers wearing gas masks to protect themselves from the poisonous gas released

Poisonous gas and grenades were quickly utilized by both sides of the war in efforts to overcome the stalemate of unexpected trench warfare

Casualty rates rapidly increased with the use of poisonous gases, soldiers' bodies lay in the trenches

Germans worked on developing different poisonous gases that would be more efficient that others in wiping out the enemy; over 1 millions soldiers were killed or injured by poison gas alone

This weaponry changed the direction of the war by increasing the number of fatalities significantly, diminishing all of Germany's relations with neutral countries due to those countries evacuation because of the rapid spread of the gas

Nurses offered water to those who inhaled poisonous gas in hopes to save them

Poisonous gas has influenced modern weaponry by at that time giving other countries inspiration to create a similar weapon so that they would better themselves in war.

It evolved by giving other countries reason to find solutions in order to protect their soldiers from the deadly gases.


The creator of poisonous gas in grenade form is unknown, but it first came into use around the 1500's. Grenades were used by either removing a safety pin from the top of a homemade grenade or the cylindrical grenade is ignited by striking the grenade like a match before promptly dispatched skywards. The chlorine gas was released from a cylinder by turning a cock, and the phosgene and mustard gas were delivered using cylinders and artillery. This weaponry impacted WWI by giving countries reason to further advance their defense mechanisms to save their soldiers from the poisonous gases. Overall, poisonous gases had a great impact not only on WWI but also on modern weaponry by motivating other countries to make advances in terms of defense strategies as well as fighting with gases.

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