Joshua asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 months ago

What’s the point of chemical weapons in war? ?

During ww1 for example, how did using poisonous gas help the side that used it? They already had bombs and planes and machine guns and tanks and other types of weapons that were deadly and effective. How did chemical weapons change the tide of a battle? 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    Because they terrified the opposition. The various gases did not necessarily kill because it was difficult to concentrate sufficiently, they disabled, injuring the recipients so badly in such horrific ways (skin blistering, lungs scarred, blindness) causing lingering death and, at least, prolonged hospital stays.

    And all that required huge resources to treat and care for patients.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The whole point of war is to kill the other side by any means possible as quickly as you can.

    • Joshua2 months agoReport

      That’s not an answer

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because it killed people. 

    You might as well ask why use a gun when you have bombs.  It's another weapon in the arsenal.  Chemical weapons are particularly insidious because they attack the very ability of troops to breath and can linger in an area for an extended time. 

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  • 2 months ago

    To avoid more losses than the enemies. The chemicals are released by just one or 2 people amidst a mass of person, very logic. It's the fastest way to cripple the opposing faction.

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  • 2 months ago

    Chemical weapons are very unreliable and if the wind changes they can be useless or even end up in friendly territory so this is the reason why they are mostly used by terrorist individuals or regimes.

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  • 2 months ago

    The first methods of employing gas was by releasing it from a cylinder when the wind was favourable. This was prone to miscarry if the direction of the wind was misjudged. Also, the cylinders needed to be positioned in the front trenches where they were likely to be ruptured by enemy bombardment. Later, gas was delivered directly to enemy trenches by artillery or mortar shell, reducing friendly casualties significantly. 

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  • 2 months ago

    it was better in any Battle to Injure the enemy because for every one injured to took 3 men to remove him from the Battle field

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  • David
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    2 months ago

    They can seep into trenches and tunnels but they can back fire onto the enemy if the wind changes direction.

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  • 2 months ago

    they wanted to torture the other site

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  • 2 months ago

    Strange that I would have to say this; but the chemical weapons killed the baddies on the other side in mass.

    • Killmouseky
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      2 months agoReport

      No, they didn't.  They were terrifying, but more of only a nuisance to actual combat.  

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