Stormtroopers during gas attack 1924

Prior to WWI the use of poison gas was considered uncivilized.  However, the development and use was necessitated by the requirements of wartime armies to find new ways of overcoming the stalement during trench warfare.  The first debut of poison gas was on April 22nd 1915 in the second battle of Ypres.  The effects of chlorine gas were severe.  Within seconds of inhaling its vapors destroyed the victim’s respiratory organs, bringing choking attacks.  Here is a painting by Otto dix  showing his interpretation of a poison gas attack.  Soldiers are perceived as monster.  The lack of color within the painting signifies the absence of life and the outer manifestation of death.

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