U.S. Army Chemical Corps Historical Studies, Gas Warfare in World War I: The 89th Division in the Bois de Bantheville, October 1918
COCHRANE (REXMOND C) EDGEWOOD ARSENAL MD
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The 89th Division finally cleared the Bois de Bantheville on the morning of 23 October. From that day until the jump off, morning of November 1, were written some of the bloodiest and most tragic pages in the history of the 89th Division. This dramatic sentence referred to the week-long occupation of the Bois de Bantheville under almost continuous gas and HE fire. The enemy massed his mustard gas shells in a belt across the narrow center of the wood. This made it possible for the 89th to keep troops in the relatively gas free area around the top of the wood but made their supply enormously hazardous. Under tight discipline and division and corps orders to evacuate at once any area that became contaminated, gas casualties were probably held to an absolute minimum.
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare