On the Gas Alert

Charcoal sketch on white paper of American soldiers American soldiers huddled in a trench, presumably getting ready for battle and preparing for a gas attack. Some soldiers are wearing gas masks, while others peek over the trench walls. In the background at right there is an overturned tank behind a dead horse. There is barbed wire in the background on the left. Toxic gasses, such as chlorine and mustard gas, were used in World War I by enemy armies as part of chemical warfare. When gas was detected, an alarm was raised and soldiers would put on their gas masks to avoid injuries, such as chemical burns and blindness, or death.
Currently on loan
date made
associated date
1917 - 1918
associated person
Townsend, Harry
War Department
Townsend, Harry
Townsend, Harry
Physical Description
charcoal (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
overall: 17 1/4 in x 23 1/4 in; 43.815 cm x 59.055 cm
ID Number
catalog number
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Credit Line
War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff
related event
World War I
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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