No Place to Run: The Canadian Corps and Gas Warfare in the First World War by Tim CookNo Place to Run: The Canadian Corps and Gas Warfare in the First World War by Tim Cook

No Place to Run: The Canadian Corps and Gas Warfare in the First World War

byTim Cook

Paperback | March 15, 2000

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Historians of the First World War have often dismissed the important role of poison gas in the battles of the Western Front. In No Place to Run, however, Tim Cook shows that the serious threat of gas did not disappear with the introduction of gas masks. By 1918, gas shells were used by all armies to deluge the battlefield, and those not instructed with a sound anti-gas doctrine left themselves exposed to this new chemical plague.

Cook uses fascinating primary sources -- diaries, letters, reminiscences, published memoirs, and the official archival record -- to illustrate the horror of gas warfare for the average trench soldier. As the first chlorine clouds rolled across the fields during the 2nd Battle of Ypres, soldiers were forced to stuff urine-soaked handkerchiefs in their mouths in order to survive. As the gas war evolved, mustard gas plagued the soldiers at the front as it lay active in mud and snow for weeks on end. There was no escape from the pervasive nature of poison gas. Entering the dug-outs, it attacked men when they were least ready. In response, the Canadian Corps had to develop an anti-gas doctrine, a process that Cook describes in full.

No Place to Run provides a challenging re-examination of the function of gas warfare in the First World War, including its important role in delivering victory in the campaign of 1918 and its curious postwar legacy. It will be of interest both to historians and military buffs.

Tim Cook is an archivist at the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa.
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Title:No Place to Run: The Canadian Corps and Gas Warfare in the First World WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.85 inPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Writer with a Terrible Story to tell I just finished reading this book yesterday 2017-04-20, and Tim Cook covers a much neglected part of warfare and that is the use of chemical weapons during the Great War. Why do I like the writings of Tim Cook? He is a Canadian historian with no British, or American forces who saved the day. The book is graphic, and hard to read, but how much worse would it have been to live through it. A story that needed to be told, but the greusome horror may be a deterrent to some.
Date published: 2017-04-21

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Gas War Unearthed

1 Trial By Gas: 2nd Battle of Ypres

2 Rabbits In A Warren: April, 1915 - December, 1915

3 A Higher Form of Killing: December, 1915 - December, 1916

4 Tough Guys: January, 1917 - June, 1917

5 Mustard: King of the Battle Gases: July, 1917 - December, 1917

6 Combatting the Chemical Plague: The Canadian Medical Army Corps and Gas Warfare

7 Its Got Your Number: January, 1918 - August, 1918

8 The Gas Environment: Last Hundred Days

Conclusion: It Takes More Than Gas To Stop A Canadian

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From Our Editors

One of the leading causes of horror in the First World War was gas warfare. This brutal and horrendous weapon of the Great War is fully documented in No Place To Run. Tim Cook analyzes soldiers’ letters, diaries, memoirs and official records to attempt to get at the truth concerning the use of this deadly poison. The widespread use of gas had devastating effects on the battlefield, as it wasn't until the end of the war that gas masks were introduced. This is a powerful re-examination of the gas and mustard gas warfare many countries engaged in during this conflict.

Editorial Reviews

Tim Cook takes his readers on a fascinating, horrific, and ultimately important journey through the terrifying gas warfare experiences of the Canadian Corps during the First World War. In an exhaustively researched, well-written work offering a large number of firsthand accounts, Cook powerfully conveys the meaning of gas warfare to a Canadian soldiery at first wholly unprepared for its unsheathing ... Cook’s first-rate book ably fills a gap in the literature on Canada’s participation in the First World War and makes a major contribution to our understanding of this underexplored aspect of Canadian military history. - Serge M. Durflinger - CBRA 4037