'Under cover of gas and smoke we break through to Serre and Thiepval', 1916.
Photograph, World War One, Western Front (1914-1918), 1916.
The Germans first used gas against the French during the capture of Neuve Chapelle in October 1914 when they fired shells containing a chemical irritant that caused violent fits of sneezing. In March 1915 they used a form of tear gas against the French at Nieuport, and the following month chlorine gas against the Canadians at Ypres. These early experiments were but a small taste of things to come and as the war progressed all sides developed ever more lethal gases including phosgene and mustard gas.
From a collection of 101 stereoscopic photographs entitled 'The Great War'.
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National Army Museum, London
National Army Museum, Study collection