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Gas! Gas! Quick boys : how chemistry changed the First World War

Author: Michael Freemantle
Publisher: Stroud : The History Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The harnessing of the power of chemistry was a key factor in determining the shape and duration of the First World War and ultimately became the difference between winning and losing. The industrial-scale carnage and devastation seen on all fronts during the conflict would not have been possible without the chemistry of war, which generated the huge quantities of metals and explosives required for artillery shells  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Freemantle
ISBN: 9780750953757 0750953756 9780752466019 0752466011
OCLC Number: 847834292
Notes: Originally published : 2012.
Description: 240 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
Contents: The chemists' war --
Shell chemistry --
Mills bombs and other grenades --
The highs and lows of explosives --
The metals of war --
Gas! GAS! Quick, Boys! --
Dye or die --
Caring for the wounded --
Fighting infection --
Killing the pain --
A double-edged sword.
Responsibility: Michael Freemantle.

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From bombs to bullets, poison gas to anaesthetics, khaki to cordite, chemistry was truly the alchemy of the First World War.  Read more...

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"An informative examination of a turning point in the history of warfare." -- "Chemical & ""Engineering News"

 
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