Cody Soldiers Get Practically Same Experience Found in Battles.
The chemical warfare service of Camp Cody is one of very great importance and interest. It is the only school of instruction that deals with defensive warfare alone. Those who attend learn self protection alone, and it is obligatory upon at least one officer and two noncoms, usually three or four in every company or small unit, to become familiar with the chemical warfare service. Careful notes are taken at all scientific lectures and blackboard instruction by the officers of the careful use of the gas mask, the discovery of the presence of harmful gases, day and night, alarms to be given and methods of self protection to be employed.
There are two gas chambers that all overseas soldiers must pass through, whether they take the full instruction or not. There are two kinds of gas, chlorine and lachrymal or tear gas, one may be classified as asphyxiating and the other as tear producing, although a dozen different gases may be employed for either. The chloride of tin, or smoke gas, is not a pleasant thing to encounter, even in the open.
Go Gassing at Night.
From time to time the instructors take their classes on night marches of several miles, gassing them with bombs and every conceivable method, much the same as they might encounter on the western front. The first man to detect gas gives the alarm and all hands don masks in double quick time.
When in the vicinity of the trenches light bombs or sky rockets are exploded to guide those receiving the instruction. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, October 25, 1918