W.W. I Gas Shells of the German Army (Almanach Hachette, 1919)

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  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    It is often believed that the Germans were the first to use chemical weapons during the Great War, but historians like to point out that they were second to the French in this matter: in August of 1914, French infantry fired tear-gas grenades and in October, the Germans one-upped them with chemical artillery shells during the battle of Neuve Chapelle. However, the Germans are properly credited for being the first of the combatants to use chemical artillery with the most devastating effect. On April 22, 1915, the German Army hurled 520 gas shells at British and Canadian units in Belgium, killing five thousand and incapacitating ten thousand more. Following this historic incident, both sides began producing large amounts of gas shells and, of course, gas masks. The following is a black and white diagram depicting five different German gas artillery shells that were manufactured to be fired from a number of different guns of varying calibers.


    http://www.oldmagazinearticles.com/pdf/D. Gaz.pdf
     
  2. AndyD

    AndyD New Member

    Hello Everyone,

    My first post here so please be gentle!:D

    I thought some of you may like to see my 15cm German gas projectile,it's a ground dug round and still in good condition with only a little pitting.

    Regards,
    Andy
     

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  3. AndyD

    AndyD New Member

    Here is some info about the shell.

    Regards,
    Andy
     

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  4. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Hi Andy and welcome ! :)

    Thanks for the photo ... is this part of a collection ? what made you decide to get that ?

    Annie :)
     
  5. AndyD

    AndyD New Member

    Some more info on other German gas shells.

    Regards,
    Andy
     

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  6. AndyD

    AndyD New Member

    Hi Annie,

    Thanks for the welcome!

    As to why I got the gas shell,well, I collect artillery fuzes and thought they looked a little boring just displayed on shelves,so I decided to buy a few projectiles to display some of my fuzes in to add a bit of variety!

    Regards,
    Andy
     
  7. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

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  9. AndyD

    AndyD New Member

    Hi Annie,

    Yes,those are what I collect.

    I'll take some pics of my WW1 examples and post them later.

    Regards,
    Andy
     
  10. AndyD

    AndyD New Member

    Here are my British and German WW1 fuzes,plus my only Russian example.

    Regards,
    Andy
     

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