What To Do In A Gas Attack (1943)

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This hilarious 1943 film attempts to teach the public about poison gas attacks on American soil. While discussing poison gas effects on people and World War 2 propaganda, the film promotes the idea that panic and fear are more dangerous than the gas itself (wait, which causes death?) and that preparation is the key to survival. The film explains that preparing for a military attack on America is easy! Common household items, such as baking soda and bleach, are discussed as remedies for exposure. Reminiscent of similarly ineffective survival tips for nuclear attacks, this film suggest taking off gas infected clothing, immediately! Funny chemical warfare "facts." Civil defense has never been so ridiculous. WW2 gas attacks were not as prevalent as in WW1, but a growing fear of chemical warfare is represented by this soothing government propaganda survival guide.

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