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Mesopotamia 1920s Churchill's battle planes drop poisonous gas shells

I don't see that in the article itself. My recollection is that Churchill wanted to use poison gas against the Kurds (before they became the good guys) but for some reason it was never done.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 3rd, 2019 at 09:09:48 PM EST
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Yes, he had plans but not the planes to drop poison gas without risking the life of the pilot. Or at least, that is my recollection.
by fjallstrom on Sat May 4th, 2019 at 06:28:43 AM EST
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As a minister of war he insisted on using "poisonous gas" against revolting tribes in India in 1919. His later advocates insist that he meant use of tear gas, but nevertheless, the India Office refused.

He also encouraged the Air Marshal Trenchard to experiment with mustard gas against Mesopotamian rebels, but that never came to nothing. He honestly thought that Mesopotamia really wasn't worth an expensive, proper bombing...

Where he succeeded, was using gas against Soviet troops in Russia, of all places. Porton Down, of all places, had developed a new gas, DM, that was then tested against Russians in Murmansk-Archangel. It's decapacitating "vomit gas", now internationally banned.

by pelgus on Sat May 4th, 2019 at 02:50:43 PM EST
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ADAMSITE (DM) : Vomiting Agent | CDC |
U.S. soldiers are treated for exposure to DM (Adamsite) candle gas during training
Military Chemical Warfare Agent Human Subjects Testing

Arsenic-Based Warfare Agents: Production, Use, and Destruction

Diphenylchlorarsine (British Code, DA; German Code, Clark I), diphenylcyanoarsine (British Code, DC; German Code, Clark II), and diphenylaminearsine (common name, Adamsite; British Code, DM) typically belong to vomiting agents that are toxic through inhalation, ingestion, and skin contact. Exposure to aerosolized agents results in ophthalmic and pulmonary irritation which progresses to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache and mental status changes. Symptoms usually persist for several hours after exposure. Death has been reported with excessive exposure (Holstege, 2010). During combat, agents are dispersed as an aerosol that irritates the eyes and respiratory tract.

M device air dropped by the British during the incursions at Murmansk and Archangel in 1919

The War Gases by Dr. Mario Sartori (1939)

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 5th, 2019 at 07:16:31 AM EST
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