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A little old, but I hadn't heard about it:



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Almost 2,000 years ago, 19 Roman soldiers rushed into a cramped underground tunnel, prepared to defend the Roman-held Syrian city of Dura-Europos from an army of Persians digging to undermine the city's mudbrick walls. But instead of Persian soldiers, the Romans met with a wall of noxious black smoke that turned to acid in their lungs. Their crystal-pommeled swords were no match for this weapon; the Romans choked and died in moments, many with their last pay of coins still slung in purses on their belts.

[www.livescience.com]

The above photo is speculated to be the Persian soldier who initiated the chemical attack.

Further articles:

[news.bbc.co.uk]

[www.archaeology.org]

Picture of the gate under which these men died: [upload.wikimedia.org]


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256 AD: Romans die from chemical attack in fight with Persians 1213 Pete Vanderzwet 10-Mar-11 18:28


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