World Battlefronts: Gas

The ugliest charge that can be lodged against a nation at arms is that it has used poison gas. Last week Tass, official Soviet news agency, said that Nazi gas had been fired from Hitler's trench mortars in western Crimea.

The implications in this blunt charge were horrible. All belligerents' chemical-warfare services were ready and waiting. Military objectives on both sides include factories surrounded by crowded residential districts.

This was not the first censure of the Axis for using gas. Gas felled barefoot warriors in Ethiopia when Mussolini's braggadocio legions thrust at...

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