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 1 1Remarque’s description of both the military training camps and the mustard gas attacks are very accurate. He describes the military training camps as a horrible place where many unjust things take place. In the military camps the men were trained to handle horrible situations on both a physiological level and a physical level. In the book it is said that the training camp helped the men not to go mad when on the battlefield. Some of the new recruits never go through the training and instead they get thrown onto the battlefield. Because of this they are not ready for what they see and they start to go mad. The leaders of the training camp our power hungry men and do many unjust things but living through these experiences ends up helping the men in the end. The Descriptions of the mustard gas experiences is very realistic. They describe the incident and the urgency in the situation. It was described on the internet in great detail The most lethal of all the poisonous chemicals used during the war, it was almost odourless and took twelve hours to take effect. Yperite was so powerful that only small amounts had to be added to high explosive shells to be effective. Once in the soil, mustard gas remained active for several weeks. The skin of victims of mustard gas blistered, the eyes became very sore and they began to vomit. Mustard gas caused internal and external bleeding and attacked the bronchial tubes, stripping off the mucous membrane. This was extremely painful and most soldiers had to be strapped to their beds. It usually took a person four or five weeks to die of mustard gas poisoning. One nurse, Vera Brittain, wrote: "I wish those people who talk about going on with this war whatever it costs could see the soldiers suffering from mustard gas poisoning. Great mustard-coloured blisters, blind eyes, all sticky and stuck together, always fighting for breath, with voices a mere whisper, saying that their throats are closing and they know they will choke." 

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