The first gaz attack
The collections « One day in the great War » presents, in 80 pages, the full story of a very important day in the First World War. Each volume ins illustrated with rare or previously unpublished photographs of the time. The collection is a mine of informations concerning the 1914-1918 war.
On the 22nd April, 1915 towards the end of the afternoon, a strange yellow green cloud appears over no-man’s land and drifts on the wind toward the French Lines in the Langemark-Pilckem sector, held by the 45th Division end the 87th Territorial Division. Within just a few minutes the french troops were suffocated under a cloud of chlorine gas and what few survivors remained were in full flight towards the rear. The Germans, meeting with little or no resistance, captured the Pilckem Ridge and right up to the Ysec Canal, opening a gaping breach between the French and the Canadian lines. This volume in the collection « One Day in the Great War » retraces events as they unfold, as well as describing the lead-up to the battle and its immediate consequences. A large majority of the photographs which illustrate this volume have never previously been published.
58 original photographs, 20 color photographs, three maps.