Protective Gas Masks and the Canadian Corps in the World War

Although it caused more than one million causalities, employed in various tactical roles, and acted as a psychological weapon, most toxic gas had been shunt to the edge in the historical analysis of First World War. The idea was that once the first chlorine attack on the 2nd Ypres in April 1915, failed to achieve a breakthrough in the west, toxic gases become non-entities.

This article argues that chemical warfare actually does not disappear but continues to expand the scope and intensity through the introduction of more efficient delivery systems and more deadly gases. As a result, the need to provide protective devices stimulate the evolution of a series of gas masks.

However, poison gas, disturbing and strong psychological weapons which in 1918 hit all soldiers on the West Front. Using the Canadian Corps for example, this article will check the evolution of gas masks and technology struggles that were raged on the western front through the paradigm of the material history.

The Parpare apocalyptic desert was made even more unbearable by using poison gas: At first, the gas finally became a soldier’s daily event before, during and after the battle. Apart from the abundance of this science, because many frontline soldiers saw it, various forms of protection were developed throughout the war.

The evolution of the gas mask was a trial-by-error process carried out in association with the added measure of having to anticipate any new gases the enemy might develop. This see-saw struggle between the offensive and defensive during the war, and more specifically during the gas war, meant that a failure to quickly adapt technologies could result in the death or maiming of hundreds of thousands and the possible loss of the war itself.