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No Place to Run

The Canadian Corps and Gas Warfare in the First World War

by (author) Tim Cook

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2011
World War I, Biological & Chemical Warfare, Canada, Post-Confederation (1867-)
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    Nov 2011
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2000
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    Publish Date
    Oct 1999
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Historians of the First World War have often dismissed the important role of poison gas in the battles of the Western Front. Tim Cook shows that the serious threat of gas did not disappear with the introduction of gas masks. By 1918, gas shells were used by all armies to deluge the battlefield, and those not instructed with a sound anti-gas doctrine left themselves exposed to this new chemical plague.This book provides a challenging re-examination of the function of gas warfare in the First World War, including its important role in delivering victory in the campaign of 1918 and its curious postwar legacy.

About the author

TIM COOK is the Great War historian at the Canadian War Museum, as well as an adjunct professor at Carleton University. He is the author of five other books, including Shock Troops, which won the prestigious Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction in 2009. He was also awarded the Ottawa Book Award and the J.W. Dafoe Prize for At the Sharp End. Cook lives in Ottawa with his family.

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  • Winner, Charles P. Stacey Award
  • Commended, Alcuin Citation for excellence in book design in Canada, Alcuin Society

Editorial Reviews

No Place to Run provides a challenging re-examination of the function of gas warfare in WWI, showing not only its important role in delivering victory in the campaigns of 1918 but also its postwar legacy.

University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries (2000)

Well researched and well written, this detailed study describes how the Canadian Corps in the Great War reacted to gas warfare and learned both how to cope with it and how to use it. What makes Cook’s book so interesting is his emphasis on the psychological threat posed by gas warfare. A fine study. All levels.


Tim Cook takes his readers on a fascinating, horrific, and ultimately important journey through the terrifying gas warfare experiences of the Canadian Corps during the First World War.  In an exhaustively researched, well-written work offering a large number of firsthand accounts, Cook powerfully conveys the meaning of gas warfare to a Canadian soldiery at first wholly unprepared for its unsheathing ... Cook’s first-rate book ably fills a gap in the literature on Canada’s participation in the First World War and makes a major contribution to our understanding of this underexplored aspect of Canadian military history.

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