The oldest commonly used chemical warfare agent is mustard gas, which made its first appearance in the trenches of World War I, causing an estimated 700,000 casualties. It is an oily liquid with a garlicky smell. It evaporates slowly, even in warm weather, causing the area where it is dispersed to be dangerous for several hours.
posted on 12/26/2005 10:55:54 AM PST
The French say that Mustard gas is a nerve agent?
posted on 12/26/2005 11:04:15 AM PST
(Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. <<<Sarasmom is a F'n lunatic - Beware>>>)
posted on 12/26/2005 11:04:23 AM PST
Why did you append "nerve gas" to the original article title? So far, I haven't seen it reported as anything beyond smelly.
posted on 12/26/2005 11:06:29 AM PST
by Hank Rearden
(Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
Garlicky smell could be phosgene (sp?) Nasty stuff will melt your lung tissue.
posted on 12/26/2005 11:09:40 AM PST
(Sometimes your worst nightmare is just a start.)
The Russians have reported it to be ethyl mercaptan, the odorant used in natural gas. It stinks like garlic.
posted on 12/26/2005 11:23:47 AM PST
by Ole Okie
I thought they were selling them...
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