A History of Chemical Warfare by K. Coleman

By K. Coleman

In A background of Chemical battle, the writer supplies us a heritage of the improvement and use of chemical guns from precedent days to the current. loads of recognition is given to WWI because the "great struggle to finish all wars" observed the main prolific use of chemical guns both ahead of or because the battle. also, protocols trying to keep watch over the proliferation and use of chemical guns are assessed. ultimately, the e-book examines the danger (real and imagined) from a chemical struggle assault this day by means of rationally assessing to what quantity terrorist teams around the globe are able to making and utilizing such guns.

I notion the publication was once in order that so. It was once dry and slightly dull.

Show description

Read or Download A History of Chemical Warfare PDF

Best conventional books

US Field Artillery of World War II

Made up our minds to benefit from the teachings of worldwide conflict I the place it used to be unprepared and seriously reliant on British and French weapons, the USA military built an entire new iteration of box artillery guns and strategies through the Thirties. hence, in international struggle II it was once the transparent chief in box artillery.
Providing a radical exam of the various serious techniques and doctrines, and the effect that they had on functionality in wrestle, this booklet demonstrates why US box artillery used to be so powerful in global warfare II. options featured comprise the motorization of artillery, which elevated mobility; fireplace path facilities, which stronger their firepower; aerial remark; and radio communications.
Exploring, of their entirety, the guns that shaped the spine of the USA artillery arsenal in international warfare II, this ebook finds a wealth of element no longer available in different places.

Field Artillery Weapons of the Civil War, revised edition

It is a special survey, replete with pictures and diagrams, of the sector artillery utilized by each side within the Civil battle. In paperback for the 1st time, the publication offers technical descriptions of the artillery (bore, weight, variety, and so on. ), ordnance purchases, and inspection studies. Appendixes supply info on surviving artillery items and their present destinations in museums and nationwide parks.

Extra resources for A History of Chemical Warfare

Sample text

Rapid fire from the French 75-mm field batteries continued, as did the rifle fire of the Germans who appeared to be advancing. Puzzled, but suspicious, the French troops suspected that the cloud masked an advance by German infantry and ordered their men to ‘stand to’ – that is, to mount the trench fire step in readiness for probable attack. The cloud did not mask an infantry attack however, at least, not yet. The Canadian Division on the right of the French had only just arrived in the sector and as such had no proper communication with them.

49 However, the use of mustard gas had mixed benefits. While inflicting serious injury on the enemy the chemical remained potent in the soil for weeks after release making capture of infected trenches a dangerous undertaking and, additionally, mustard gas would freeze in the winter and still be toxic when it thawed in the spring. Even today French citizens are still occasionally suffering chemical burns from stumbling across ancient mustard shells ploughed up on old battlefields. Perhaps in one of the ultimate ironies of the history of chemical warfare, the British had tested mustard gas during the summer of 1916, but the developers had been unable to convince the military of its utility.

The decision was accordingly taken to try chemical agents on the battlefield. To find a more effective means of employing gas on the battlefield, the German High Command turned to Professor Fritz Haber, the worldfamous chemist who had developed a crucial process for extracting nitrates from the atmosphere (Nitrogen Fixation). 12 From 1915 Haber directed all the work on poison gas. Following the war his work was appreciated in the most unlikely quarters: It would be difficult to exaggerate Germany’s debt to Haber, yet he never attained a higher rank than Captain.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.15 of 5 – based on 5 votes