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[–] HorseIsDead 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Chlorine gas is extremely corrosive and very difficult to filter out of some types of gas masks. Hydrogen cyanide isn't corrosive, and its effects are exclusively acute. If you survive a less than fatal dose once, you're very unlikely to have major lasting effects. Chlorine gas would build up damage every time one of the guards got exposed to it in small quantities.

Any metal hinges or anything on the doors, even if they started out painted and protectively coated in grease, would quickly corrode to dust from chlorine gas.

[–] SharpSliceOfMango 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Zyklon B is still a bad choice. The easiest way would have been carbon monoxide or simply the exaust from the ovens. Its 100% safe after simple ventilation. Other killing methods are even more effective like those big mills that are used to grind animal cadavers. If a technologically advanced nation like Germany wanted to exterminate 300k people they would have used a very industrialised and effective way.

[–] HorseIsDead 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It's not the best choice but governments/armies have rarely cared about "the best' in situations like this usually. It's whatever is available/easy to get, mostly. This was (I'm guessing) used around the same time farms started to become massive and therefore have unprecedented pest problems, Degesch (manufacturer of Z-B) probably had fucking loads of it, and it's not even hard to manufacture at home right now for reference.