Tag: Guerra chimica

Among the new weapons fielded in the conflict there were toxic gases. All the belligerent powers devoted great attention to creating and producing them. The efforts made, even by eminent scientists, turned completely unfounded: the toxic gases released into the atmosphere were difficult to be used and their effectiveness depended too much on the conditions of wind and temperature.
During World War I, chemical weapons appeared on the battlefield : insidious and deadly against the enemy. At Ypres, in Belgium, chemical weapons were used so extensively that the city gave its name to one of them, the Yperite.
In the spring of 1915, the German general staff was focused on the operations that were being developed on the eastern front and limited themselves to remaining on the defensive on the one in the west. Despite this, General von Falkenhayn decided to launch a limited offensive operation in the area of Yprés, in Belgium.
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