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Originally Posted by Poor Old Spike View Post
Apart from the Geneva Convention's ban on mustard gas, i suppose all sides in the war never seriously contemplated using it because every soldier and civilian carried a gas mask, so it'd have been a waste of time anyway.
However nowadays there are different kinds of gases around that kill if they simply come into contact with human skin in which case a gas mask wouldn't help, you'd need to wear a fullscale NBC suit, the military have them and would be ok, but ordinary civilians wouldn't have a chance.
Mustard gas burns on contact. Although Hitler was in general against the use of gas as a war weapon, in 1944/45 Germany was constructing an underground factory to produce Sarin nerve gas. It was intended that this would be filling for V3 projectiles intended to bombard London and other cities. As it was the only city to be bombarded with a version of the V3 was Luxembourg and only HE was used. Conventional Gas masks would have been useless against Sarin.

In Britain carrying gas masks by civilians was abandoned mid war and AFAIK the military followed suit.

BTW it wasn't mustard gas that was banned - all lethal gases were prohibited.
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