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No Place to Run

The Canadian Corps and Gas Warfare in the First World War

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

No Place to Run

The Canadian Corps and Gas Warfare in the First World War

Historians of the First World War have often dismissed the important role of poison gas in the battles of the Western Front. Tim Cook shows that the serious threat of gas did not disappear with the introduction of gas masks. By 1918, gas shells were used by all armies to deluge the battlefield, and those not instructed with a sound anti-gas doctrine left themselves exposed to this new chemical plague.This book provides a challenging re-examination of the function of gas warfare in the First World War, including its important role in delivering victory in the campaign of 1918 and its curious postwar legacy.

304 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction: The Gas War Unearthed

1 Trial By Gas: 2nd Battle of Ypres

2 Rabbits In A Warren: April, 1915 - December, 1915

3 A Higher Form of Killing: December, 1915 - December, 1916

4 Tough Guys: January, 1917 - June, 1917

5 Mustard: King of the Battle Gases: July, 1917 - December, 1917

6 Combatting the Chemical Plague: The Canadian Medical Army Corps and Gas Warfare

7 Its Got Your Number: January, 1918 - August, 1918

8 The Gas Environment: Last Hundred Days

Conclusion: It Takes More Than Gas To Stop A Canadian

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