Telegram re use of gas

Facsimile of the original telegraph from Sir John French to the War Office reporting the use of gas by the Germans at Ypres, 23 April 1915.

Although German troops had released small amounts of chlorine gas on the Eastern Front at the Battle of Bolimov (31 January-2 February 1915), it was not used systematically until the 2nd Battle of Ypres nearly four months later. This telegram from the British Expeditionary Force commander Sir John French details the extensive use of 'powerful asphyxiating gases' against French positions on the first day of the battle, 22 April. He urges the War Office to take 'immediate steps ... to supply similar means of most effective kind for use by our own troops'.
Catalogue reference: WO 142/241 (23 Apr 1915)

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