Mud, Blood and Poppycock
First published 2003
‘The popular belief
that British troops suffered horrific
casualties as a result of the German use
of mustard gas is a myth,’ he says.
‘We have all seen pictures of lines
of men with bandages on their eyes, shuffling
along, hand on shoulder of man in front
and everyone thinks they have been blinded
by gas. But what mustard gas did was cause
conjunctivitis and temporary blindness.
The British and the French, in order to
make the Germans look more beastly, exaggerated