U.S. soldiers at Division Headquarters and in the field train for defense, disposal, and clean up of chemical warfare agents
United States USA Date:1918 Duration:4 min 33 sec Sound:NO SOUND
A United States Army training film about defense against chemical warfare during World War I. The "Collective Protector" enables a general and the staff to work on their maps and orders without gas masks at the Division Headquarters. Two soldiers outside the headquarters wearing gas masks. They guard a low entrance doorway and enclosed tunnel with a heavy, flexible door designed to keep out gas. A soldier lifts the flap of the door and enters. Officers converse with each other while looking at a map on a wall. Soldier stands by rotating a handle on a device continuously. It has a long wide pipe connected to it, perhaps managing fresh air intake or air exchange. U.S. soldiers wearing gas masks load ammunition onto trucks. "Enemy" aircraft flies overhead throwing a cloud of poisonous gas that quickly envelops the area. A soldier wearing a gas mask fires his rifle into the air at the aircraft, through the heavy smoke screen. Gas sentries neutralize the gas around a dump. They dig in the ground with pick axes and mattocks, and then spread a white powder over the area. They then cover the area with a thin layer of the dirt they had dug up.
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