Ding Dong Darkness Time

DDD: Chemical Warfare and the Attack of the Dead Men

August 27, 2022 Allison Dickson Episode 5
Ding Dong Darkness Time
DDD: Chemical Warfare and the Attack of the Dead Men
Show Notes

All war is hell, but World War I was a rare breed of nightmarish, thanks in large part to the advances of the Industrial Revolution, and in particular, the advances in chemistry. In this short episode, Allison lays down a basic primer of the development of chlorine, phosgene, and other gases used on the battlefront, and then she tells a harrowing story of a Russian fortress to which the Germans laid siege with a balloon of chlorine destruction. What happened next is like something out of a George Romero flick.

But the man who created these weapons, Fritz Haber, revolutionized the world in other key ways. So stick around and learn a little about that too!

Additional Info:

Attack of the Dead Men Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_of_the_Dead_Men
Technology of WWI: https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/240-artist-soldiers-technology
Gas in the Great War: https://www.kumc.edu/school-of-medicine/academics/departments/history-and-philosophy-of-medicine/archives/wwi/essays/medicine/gas-in-the-great-war

Show Credits:
Graphics -- Nathaniel Dickson: http://ndickson.com
Intro Music -- Spencer Morelock
Background Music -- Ken Dickson

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