#AceHistoryNews – April.27: Battle of Hulluch: Gassing of the Irish in 1916The Battle of Hulluch was an early example of the devastating effect of chemical warfare.
A thick, cloudy, lethal gas crept across the murky, moon-like landscape.
This was no man’s land. It was 27 April 1916, close to the village of Hulluch in northern France.
A slow moving gas attack would soon leave hundreds of entrenched Irishmen dead.
The Battle of Hulluch was an early example of the devastating effect of chemical warfare, then still in its infancy.
Yet the events at Hulluch are comparatively unknown and its significance is often overlooked.
Rebellion at Easter
Another reason the details of the gas attacks at Hulluch have been partially lost over time is that it took place at the same time as the Easter Rising in Dublin.
The rising would radically alter the history of Ireland, from where many of Hulluch’s victims hailed.
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