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Choking on gas

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Object:Choking on gas
Description:In the foreground, a man in a dark jacket and trousers, a flat cap and rubber boots, is lying on the paving stones of Beyazıt meydanı, pressing a handkerchief to his mouth. He has a plate around his neck, reading: ‘Boğucu gazli’ (choking on gas). Except for him, the square is empty. The university gate and the mosque dominate the background.
Comment:The photograph was shot in the context of two articles that appeared in Cumhuriyet in August 1939 reporting on military defence operations against air raids and chemical weapons attacks. Cumhuriyet covered the military exercise in great detail, announcing which action was to take place in which part of town and at what time. The exercise on Beyazıt meydanı envisaged that an enemy squadron had dropped red and white gas bombs. Military personnel were to intervene, render first aid to the injured and transport them to medical facilities.
Location:Istanbul, Beyazıt, Fatih
Country:Turkey (contemporary)
Turkey (historical)
Type:Photographic negative
Creator:Görgüç, Namık or Giz, Selahattin
Keywords:700 Armed Forces
700 Armed Forces > 701 Military Organization
700 Armed Forces > 702 Recruitment and Training
720 War
410 Tools and Appliances > 411 Weapons
500 Water, Air, and Space Transportation > 507 Aviation
Bibliography:Dün sabah yapılan hava taarruzu tecrübelerinden muhtelif intıbalar. Cumhuriyet, 20 August 1939, 1, 7. – Hava hücumundan korunmak için. Cumhuriyet, 24 August 1939, 7.
Copyright:Yapı Kredi bank
Archive:Yapı Kredi tarih arşivi, Istanbul (Collection Selahattin Giz), Inv. No.: 4/0125B
Editor:Joël László