WWI gas masks

WWI gas masks

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Caption: Gas masks on a British soldier and a horse during the First World War. The first use of chemical warfare was on April 22 1915, when Germany released chlorine gas from cylinders on the western front at Ypres in Belgium. The masks were simple respirators with a charcoal absorbent.

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