Archive for November, 2013

Gas and Gonorrhoea in World War I

Today the biography of another soldier awarded a military medal in World War I has been added to this webpage. Sergeant George Abraham was lucky to survive the war; he was shot, gassed and suffered from Gonorrhoea. His story is featured because, he was gassed by friendly fire and because venereal disease was common but little discussed during or after the war. Gas was used extensively as a weapon in World War I.  Mustard Gas is well known but other gasses also caused carnage. Phosgene is a colourless gas that smells like freshly cut hay. It is highly toxic and was used by both sides in the…

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