All war articles

  • Surgeons or doctor hands with protective glove hold sponge holding a sterilzed gauze with antiseptic liquid

    Boric acid


    Mike Freemantle revisits battlefield surgery to investigate boric acid, a key part of Dakin's antiseptic solution used extensively in the first world war

  • Vintage gas mask buried in the sand

    Sulfur mustard


    Deployed in the first world war and named for their distinctive ordour, Brian Clegg talks us through the most terrible agents of chemical warfare