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When was poison gas first made?

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2010-05-24 13:51:56

How Stuff Works. "How Biological and Chemical Warfare Works."

2002. <http://www.howstuffworks.com/Biochem-war.htm>(10

January 2003). Roman Legions regularly used burning sulphur (SO2,

SO3, H2S, H2SO4(in rain/fog) to at least irritate, incapacitate, or

at best, kill enemies in immobile situations; fortified towns,

settlements against geographic barriers; islands, cliffs, bodies of

water, etc. Opinions differ as to whether the Legions developed

poison gas themselves, or if their own survivors/allies reported

how to use it after hard experience. Similarly, opinions differ

about the logistics and practicality of raw sulphur transport, and

the (un)liklihood of a somewhat bulky(and nasty)materiel being

cheerfully carried by a notoriously lightly-packed Legionnaire. It

is possible that free, native, naturally-occurring sulphur deposits

were scouted, as would have been other staples, like water, wood,

game, etc., and if present, utilized, from a point upwind any

immovable objective.


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