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Product Details

  • Series: Elite (Book 150)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846031516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846031519
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The author has done a superlative job of providing us a most complete look at the development of these agents... In addition to a brilliant read, the artwork of Richard Hook and the selection of period photos makes this a book that you should really consider adding to your collection." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com

"A specific, important title military collections will relish." -California Bookwatch (July 2007)

"The author... has presented his text in a very readable and lively style... The photographic content of the book is really very good, as the images show in some detail the various masks worn by protagonists and how they evolved... Those interested in modeling figures of the Great War will find this book very useful, while those who are more ambitious and wish to construct a full-scale diorama will find quite a bit of inspiration within these covers. Recommended." -Frank De Sisto, missing-lynx.com

About the Author

Simon Jones is a former curator at the Royal Engineers Museum who studied gas warfare in World War I for his BA and has specialised in the for 20 years. He has written a number of excellent articles on the subject. The author lives in Liverpool, UK.

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Customer Reviews

That gives you an indication of the scope of this book.
P. A. Panozzo
World War I Gas Warfare Tactics and Equipment is a concise treatment of the chemical weapons used in the Great War.
Alan D. Cranford
Despite this very short length the book does an excellent job covering its topic.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alan D. Cranford VINE VOICE on May 11, 2007
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World War I Gas Warfare Tactics and Equipment is a concise treatment of the chemical weapons used in the Great War. Chlorine gas is again being used as a weapon in Iraq--chlorine gas was suggested as a weapon during the American Civil War, but not used. Improvised protection methods are described, as well as the many ups and downs of chemical warfare. Against a prepared and disciplined enemy, gas warfare is counter-productive. A gas attack can prove decisive against unprepared or poorly-trained troops, and devastating against non-combatant civilians. The role of politics on the battlefield is shown by the Hague Convention of 1899 outlawing gas warfare and Britain, France, and Germany developing chemical weapons prior to World War One. Early German gas attacks weren't even noticed--Germany piggy-backed an irritant gas with their artillery shells and the net effect was reducing the amount of explosive payload carried in each shell.

As usual, this Osprey book has a color plate section. I toured European war museums and saw most of the equipment shown, but Richard Hook's illustrations showed me new things. Gas proof pigeon carrier? I hadn't heard of the useless Ayrton gas fan before, or how that politician foisted this worthless gadget on the British and American armies. A bibliography permits further study, yet the text by Simon Jones is adequate knowledge for non-specialists. The many period photographs help the reader understand that poison gas killed, but that as a military weapon for use against disciplined, well-equipped soldiers it wasn't worth the extra cost for gas weapons, the extra hassle of protecting one's own troops, and the political aspect of using "barbaric" forms of war.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. A Forczyk VINE VOICE on February 25, 2007
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Osprey's Elite #150 by former museum curator Simon Jones provides an invaluable survey of Gas Warfare tactics and equipment in the First World War. Although the volume is West Front-centric, Jones manages to pack a considerable amount of information into this tight package and to touch upon the Italian and Eastern Fronts as well. In terms of information presented, there is real meat on these bones and this is one of the best volumes in the Elite series in the past year (along with the volume on the Finnish Army).

After a brief introduction about early German efforts to develop chemical weapons, Jones spends about eight pages discussing the initial German chlorine attacks at Ypres in April-May 1915 and frantic Allied efforts to develop effective counter-measures. Compared to later masks, the early protective measures seem crude in the extreme and it is no wonder that they could only reduce but no prevent casualties. This part of the volume describes the evolving competition between German efforts to perfect "cloud attack" tactics with gas cylinders and Allied efforts to deal with this threat and anticipate the next threat. The author also notes that early German chemical attacks were not without their setbacks - in attacks on the Eastern Front in 1915 the Germans inflicted almost 2,000 casualties on their own troops when the wind shifted. The author then discusses British efforts to develop their own ability to retaliate with gas weapons, and Allied efforts in 1915-16 to develop more effective masks. The author is also to cover the highlights and impact of these efforts without getting bogged down in minute detail. The rest of the volume is divided into three fairly uniform sections that detail Gas Warfare developments in 1916, 1918 and 1918.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Panozzo on June 30, 2008
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Once again, my review follows on the heels of R.A. Forczyk's review. He writes a very thorough review and I completely agree with his evaluation. I have reviewed other Osprey Publishing titles (like R.A. Forczyk has done). These books are terrific because they do not take up a lot of space, they do not cost an excessive amount of money (I buy mine used so they cost even less!!), and they cover their topic extremely well. Archival photos, first hand eyewitness accounts and superb artwork are the hallmarks of the Osprey Publishing series. This book is 64 pages long and that includes the index!! That gives you an indication of the scope of this book. If you want to satisfy a casual curiosity about the topic these Osprey books will accomplish that. If you are looking for deep, deep detail and analysis then this book will leave you wanting! The Osprey books, I believe, are intended for a casual, curious reader as opposed to a serious student or researcher. As R.A. Forczyk's review points out, tables and diagrams for the gases and their affects and counter actions could have been provided but I think that is beyond the scope of the book. I feel that this volume satisfied my curiosity about gas warfare tactics and equipment. It didn't make me an expert on the subject, but I am now better informed than most people and I enjoyed the book, which is really, one's main objective! Another Osprey title I enjoyed was German Stormtrooper 1914-18 (Warrior). I like reading about World War One, so these two books are an integral part of my library. You may wish to check out my other reviews on other Osprey titles!
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