Mustard Gas as a Weapon of War Descriptive Essay by NMcRae

Mustard Gas as a Weapon of War
A description of mustard gas as a weapon of war, including where and when it has been used and to what effect.
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In this article, the writer provides an informative description of mustard gas as a weapon of war. The paper looks at when and where it was used during the First World War and then discusses its effectiveness. The writer then goes on to discuss, in a similar manner, the numerous occasions that mustard gas has been used post-World War One.

Mustard Gas in the First World War
Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum est (1917)
Uses after the First World War

From the Paper:

""The First World War saw Mustard Gas seen in the largest scale and in the most famous example as a weapon of war. Although during this conflict more lethal gases had been used as weapons previous to the use of Mustard Gas, (such as chlorine) these gases did not have the dermatological affect that Mustard gas has. It was for this reason that gas masks issued to most soldiers on the Western Front during World War One were of little use in countering the effects of the gas and hence it was also for this reason that Mustard Gas was such an effective weapon."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • 'Blister Agent: Sulfur Mustard (H, HD, HS)', Factsheets on Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents,, accessed 21 Apr 08.
  • 'Weapons of War: Poison Gas',,, accessed 20 Apr 08.
  • 'Gas Warfare', Trenches on the Web,, accessed 20 Apr 08.
  • 'Mustard Gas', Spartacus Educational,, accessed 20 Apr 08.

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