В 1915 году впервые в мире применили химическое оружие

toxic gas attack at the junction point between the French and British armies near the Belgian town of Ypres. The respective order was given by General Falkenhayn. Within five minutes, they induced 180 tons of chlorine from 6,000 containers. It was not the mustard gas named yperite, which would be induced here two years later, in 1917. Yet chlorine took its toll too: 15,000 soldiers were poisoned, one third of them to death. The Germans had not enough troops to pursue the offensive, so they failed to achieve serious gains at that part of the front. However, the gas attack at Ypres was of historical importance: the chemical jinn was released from the bottle. The mankind made a new step towards self-destruction.