Did Russia use chemical weapons in WW1?

Did Russia use chemical weapons during World War 1?

Russia was slow to adopt chemical weapons in WW1 but made extensive use of it starting in the second half of 1915.

One of the most successful uses was during the last victorious battle of the Russian Empire, Brusilov Offensive, one of the most lethal offensives in history with 2.000.000 troops lost on both sides.

According to HQ Commander of 7th Army General Nikolai Golovin, only during May 22th and 23rd, 1916 the Second Army Corps delivered 3,500 chemical munitions to Austrian positions. There is also documented use of chemical shells by the 9th Army of Infantry General Lechitsky during the Chernovtsy offensive.

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