Ypresmustard gas horror, courtesy of Kaiser Wilhelm II
The Belgian village that was the proving ground for the first modern—here defined as World War I—chemical weapons, including chlorine, phosgene, mustard gas. WW I gas casualties were 1,296,853.
Chemical weapons used in Ypres
• Liquid chlorine–22.04.1915–Germans fired 6000 artillary shells filled with 160 tons, resulting in 15,000 casualties and 5000 deaths
• Mustard gas–dichlorodiethyl sulphide (Yperite, named in honour of the test site) 12.07.1917–Germans fired artillery shells filled with 2500 tons, resulting in 15,000 casualties
CL Taylor, LB Taylor, Chemical and Biological Warfare, Franklin Watts, NY 1992
Reference EM Spiers Chemical Weaponry St Martin’s Press, NY, 1989 Blog