posted on Nov, 14 2016 @ 12:31 AM
I hate to do this, but I have a small correction...
The casualties you listed... Those were the officers only. 24 or 29 officers from that division were gassed during that battle. Look at the top of the
casualties listed. It shows "Off." abbreviated for officers above the first column. The next column is simply titled "men" for the non-officers. Its
shows for the same battle, over 1,500 men were gassed... And of course the other stats such as "killed", "wounded" are also much higher numbers.
Another interesting thing i noticed. In one of the battles, he has "wounded" divided into two categories (it was a battle where the number of wounded
was very high). He has "wounded sev." (severely wounded) and right below it he has a quotation mark which is shorthand for copying whatever is above
it, in this case "wounded" followed by another abbreviation i cannot seem to translate.
I also found to be of interest the list of enemy soldiers and equipment (he calls it "material") captured at the end of each battle. Again, he has
them divided between officers and men. In one battle, 5 officers including one Major. and i think it was over a thousand men taken prisoner. 1 anti
tank gun, 50,000 pistol rounds, etc... Another battle has them taking 28 officers including a "Lieutentant Colonol",? (not how he wrote it, it was
abbreviated) Or maybe it was supposed to be one Lt, and one Col.
Pretty riviting to picture being there. I don't know WW1 nearly as well as WW2, which is one of the reasons I'm so eager to learn more, but, it kind
of seems like he was a part of, or witnessed, or was near, some pretty bloody battles... The chemical warfare element is something that, as far as I
know, was never before done on such a scale, before or since ww1. There was some of it going on in ww2, but as far as I know, it was not used in
battle nearly as much.
Its probably too hard to control, because if the wind changes direction, you're screwed.
It's difficult to imagine, entire football field sized areas or larger of toxic gas, unbreathable air, and you cannot run fast enough while holding
your breath to get away from it, and even if you could hold your breath and escape somehow, some of it effects you as soon as it makes contact with
your skin. I think theyre called blistering agents. All kinds of nasty stuff.
A little trivia... When i was reading up on members of a offshoot group that split from the Bohemian Grove after a feud involving Randolf Hearst, who
was kicked out of the grove after printing something in his newspapers the others didnt approve of, cant remember what it was... Anyway, I saw that
Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb was a member of this offshoot splinter group, and then found out that Ty Cobb was a part of the US Armys 1st Chemical
Warfare Battalion in WW1. They're known as The Hellfire Boys. They're still around and are incorporated into the US Armys Nuclear, Biological &
Chemical (NBC) Division.