A History of Chemical Warfare by K. Coleman

By K. Coleman

In A heritage of Chemical war, the writer offers us a historical past of the advance and use of chemical guns from precedent days to the current. loads of cognizance is given to WWI because the "great warfare to finish all wars" observed the main prolific use of chemical guns both ahead of or because the conflict. also, protocols trying to regulate the proliferation and use of chemical guns are assessed. ultimately, the ebook examines the danger (real and imagined) from a chemical struggle assault at the present time via rationally assessing to what quantity terrorist teams world wide are able to making and utilizing such guns.

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As under a green sea, I saw him drowning. In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning. – Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum Est1 The most persistent assumption underlying the decisions taken by the great powers in July and August 1914 was the illusion that the ensuing war would be short. The thinking behind this was relatively simple: modern methods of transportation and communications created unprecedented opportunities for speed and mobility in attack.

At this point the German High Command became particularly ready to listen to the country’s industrial chemists believing only they could resolve the ammunition crisis. Ludendorff, Chief of the General Staff at this time, told of a meeting attended by the heads of Krupps and the forerunners of IG Farben (the great German combine of the chemical industry which included Hoechst, Bayer and Badische Anilin- & Soda-Fabrik (BASF)), that held a virtual world monopoly not only in dyestuffs, but also in the majority of organic chemicals.

An eerie silence fell over the area. 19 After half-an-hour, German troops, equipped with cotton wadding tied over their faces – a primitive form of protective mask – cautiously advanced into the breech created by the first discharge of chlorine gas on the battlefield. ’21 On 24 April, two days later, the Germans conducted a second chlorine gas attack at Ypres, this time against Canadian troops and indeed, although they discharged gas a further four times throughout May, the element of surprise had been lost.

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