Telegram re use of gas
Catalogue reference: WO 142/241

Government Despatch No. 140
23 April
To: Troopers War Office  

Oa 948 23rd April Germans used powerful asphyxiating gases very extensively in attack on French yesterday with serious effect aaa Apparently these gases are either chlorine or bromine aaa Will send further details later but meanwhile strongly urge that immediate steps be taken to supply similar means of most effective kind for use by our troops aaa Also essential that our troops should be immediately provided with means of counteracting effects of enemy gases which should be suitable for use when on the move aaa As a temporary measure am arranging for troops in trenches to be supplied with solution of bicarbonate of soda in which to soak handkerchiefs aaa
Chief GHQ 5.50pm

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