A History of Chemical Warfare by K. Coleman

By K. Coleman

In A heritage of Chemical conflict, the writer supplies us a historical past of the improvement and use of chemical guns from precedent days to the current. loads of awareness is given to WWI because the "great conflict to finish all wars" observed the main prolific use of chemical guns both sooner than or because the conflict. also, protocols trying to regulate the proliferation and use of chemical guns are assessed. ultimately, the ebook examines the risk (real and imagined) from a chemical struggle assault at the present time through rationally assessing to what volume terrorist teams all over the world are in a position to making and utilizing such guns.

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The only guideline provided by the military was that the Hague Declaration (1899), banning projectiles used exclusively for delivering poison gas, had to be circumvented. 10 These were fired in liquid form contained in 5-cm Howitzer shells against the Russians at Bolimov. German officers who were confident that their The First World War 15 new weapon would neutralise the enemy positions were therefore surprised when their attack was repulsed with severe casualties. The new experiment had proved unsuccessful as the tear-gas liquid had failed to vaporise in the freezing temperatures prevalent at Bolimov.

The first was the decision to proceed with the attack despite the unfavourable wind conditions; after all, the 24 A History of Chemical Warfare Germans waited a month for a favourable wind before launching their first gas attack at Ypres. Secondly, the British artillery was hampered in providing support because it lacked sufficient shells,45 and thirdly, there were no reserve divisions to exploit a breakthrough, as indeed had been the case in the German attack at Ypres in April. 46 However, on a positive note, Britain’s retaliatory capability had been demonstrated within five months of the first German use of gas on the Western Front.

It was the rise of the modern chemical industry at the end of the nineteenth century that first made feasible the use of significant quantities of toxic chemicals on large-scale battlefields and, indeed, chemical weapons were first used on a significant scale by both sides in the First World War. They were then used immediately after the war by Britain in Iraq (1920), and Spain in Morocco (1921). They were also used by Italy during its invasion of Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in 1935–1936, Japan during its war against China in 1937–1943, and by the United States in Vietnam 6 A History of Chemical Warfare in 1965–1975.

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