By Geoff Plunkett
This meticulously researched booklet finds a sixty yr mystery. because the jap swept south in the direction of Australia in overdue 1941, they carried chemical guns, already used with lethal impression in China. compelled to counter the chemical war danger, Australia covertly imported a million chemical guns - together with sixteen varieties of mustard fuel - and concealed them in tunnels and different websites round the state. This e-book tells the tale of the importation, garage and 'live trials' of the lethal guns. It finds info of the chemical struggle brokers themselves, Australia's retaliatory plans, the involvement of the united states, the shortcoming of educating of the guns handlers and, ultimately, the damaging disposal of the risky brokers. so much of all, this can be the tale of the lads who lived with the lethal guns every day, dealing with them continually regardless of the monstrous dangers and affliction subsequently. They have been the Chemical battle Armourers and virtually each armourer suffered bodily and sometimes mentally from the consequences of the guns and the bad burden of retaining secrecy. This striking e-book includes over three hundred images - many taken surreptitiously - that illustrate all too starkly the stipulations and the chance to which those males have been uncovered. this is often an remarkable visible historical past. This e-book is released in organization with the military background Unit and is a quantity within the Australian military historical past assortment.
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The functions of the Ministry of Munitions are somewhat unclear as little information on this body has survived. AA(VIC) MP729/6 9/401/132. 31 Furthermore, Japan had a recent history of using these weapons against China. Finally, Japan had spurned the only international control of such weapons—the Geneva Protocol of 1925. For Australia, a theoretical possibility now became a distinct possibility. The debate moved from ‘if’ chemical weapons should be procured to ‘when’. Drums filled with mustard gas and crates of mustard gas bombs being prepared at Talmoi, Queensland for destruction by fire.
AA(VIC) MP1185/8 1830/2/146. AA(ACT) A11093 471/1W Part 1. The Combined Chiefs of Staff was the supreme allied military body for strategic direction of the Anglo-American war effort which was established by President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill. AA(ACT) A7942 Z51. 20 A NECESSARY INSURANCE POLICY General Douglas MacArthur (centre with dark glasses) pauses during his inspection of the 9th Australian Division at the Atherton Tableland training area to listen to a lecture on antigas training, 5 July 1943.
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