1900-1919 | Chemical weapons | Germany

Mustard gas shells fired at German lines in ‘handsome quantities’

26 September 1918 Today in 1918, the British army began an offensive to break through the German ‘Hindenburg line’ in France, by firing 10,000 mustard gas shells at the enemy trenches. Another 22,000 gas shells exploded among the German lines over the next three days.1  Mustard gas was the most feared of the poison gasses…