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Collections >> North Carolinians and the Great War, The North Carolina Experience >> Document Menu >> 92 - OUR FIRST GAS ATTACK Just as we entered the woods near Brocourt we received a welcome that sounded like a hundred thousand Fords--Gr, Gr, Gr, Gr, Gr, then a crack and a boom, boom, then someone said GAS. Scared? No, we were paralyzed--didn't know whether to put on our gas masks or turn and run. Finally our masks were on and then somebody gave: "Permission is given to remove face pieces." We would not mind the gas alarm so much if it wouldn't come around meal times.
J. R. Graham
Tar-Heel War Record (In the Great World War).
Charlotte, N.C.: World War Publishing Co., [1921].

OUR FIRST GAS ATTACK
Just as we entered the woods near Brocourt we received a welcome that sounded like a hundred thousand Fords--Gr, Gr, Gr, Gr, Gr, then a crack and a boom, boom, then someone said GAS. Scared? No, we were paralyzed--didn't know whether to put on our gas masks or turn and run. Finally our masks were on and then somebody gave: "Permission is given to remove face pieces."
We would not mind the gas alarm so much if it wouldn't come around meal times.

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Subjects:
  • Gas warfare--France--1910-1920.
  • Fear.