Edited mock-up of handout on "Gas Defense in the Trenches" for the 4. Garde-Infanterie-Division
Date: No date, 1917-1918, Sabersky began working at the Army Gas School Berlin (Königlich preussische Heeres-Gasschule) in March 1917
Document in German
Gas Defense in the Trenches.
1.Gas alarm: Every man must be able to recognize and to produce the special gas alarm signal - signals with honking, sirens, corrugated steel plates or church bells, light signals of various colors.
2. Masks with new three-layer insert in the "alert" box [Bereitschaftsbuechse].
3. Every morning before any other task: clean weapons, grease, wipe the eyepiece with silk, check the three self-rescue pieces - breathing sack, Kalipatrone [untranslatable], oxygen cylinder.
4. It is of great importance, that signs, even small ones, that signal the preparation of an enemy gas attack are observed and reported immediately, like the appearance of fire, relevant movements or sounds in the enemy trenches. Our artillery will then take the enemy trenches under fire and destroy the enemy gas attack, or at least create certainty.
5. The sentry must also look out for suspicious odors.
6. Weather service: In the Company section at least two wind pennants to observe the ground wind.
7. Storage of gas protection medium. Life-saving apparatus in the protection case in the trench wall, not in the dugout.
8. Protect the telephone device.
9. Courier for the runners to the battalion. Couriers for light signals to the artillery.
10. In the case of a smoke attack, gas alarm. A grenade explodes with a weak bang, less and lighter smoke than usual: Masks off!
11. Only enter freshly shot dugouts with heavy protection.
12. After every gas attack fire to air out the trenches and dugouts. During the gas attack cover dugouts with wet blankets and salt blankets.
13. In a gas cloud slow independent fire.
From the service of German officer Fritz Sabersky who served as leader of the Sanitary Company 3 (Sanitätskompagnie 3 Garde-Reserve-Korps) from 1915 to 1916 and after March 1917 as an instructor at the Royal Prussian Army Gas School in Berlin (Königlich Preußische Heeres-Gasschule).
|Year Range from||1917|
|Year Range to||1918|
World War I
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