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All Quite Journal #2
Andrew Kokanoutranon

WWI training camps and Mustard Gas

All Quite Journal #2

WWI training camps
Mustard Gas

The lives of soldiers during WWI were harsh and unforgiving. To begin their ruthless lives in the front lines, soldiers first had to enlist for the war and then they were shipped off to training camps. These camps were cruel to the troops, such as the Camp Doniphan in Oklahoma. This particular camp forced the troops to sleep in camps and live in poor conditions, the soldiers had to live in tents and sleep on wood floors. Each tent had a small stove, in many cases the stoves were feeble and started many tent fires. In other cases, troops were sent straight to Europe to train in Allied counties such as Britain, and then they were sent across the channel where they began the war.

Mustard Gas was a very common weapon used by both sides of the war. Mustard gas is a mixture of sulfur and chloride which is very poisonous. It was used to fend off an oncoming attack. Even though a small percentage of war casualties fell victim to the gas, it played a vital role in affecting the troop’s emotion and acted as a harassment tool. The response to mustard gas and other deadly poisons were the use of gas masks. Gas masks played a vital role in keeping the troops healthy and far away from death.

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