By Geoff Plunkett
This meticulously researched booklet reveals a sixty 12 months mystery. because the eastern 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 battle danger, Australia covertly imported a million chemical guns - together with sixteen kinds of mustard gasoline - and concealed them in tunnels and different websites round the nation. This e-book tells the tale of the importation, garage and 'live trials' of the lethal guns. It finds information of the chemical war brokers themselves, Australia's retaliatory plans, the involvement of the united states, the inability of educating of the guns handlers and, eventually, the damaging disposal of the risky brokers. such a lot of all, this can be the tale of the boys who lived with the lethal guns every day, dealing with them consistently regardless of the vast dangers and pain consequently. They have been the Chemical war Armourers and virtually each armourer suffered bodily and sometimes mentally from the consequences of the guns and the poor burden of keeping secrecy. This amazing e-book includes over three hundred images - many taken surreptitiously - that illustrate all too starkly the stipulations and the risk to which those males have been uncovered. this can be an remarkable visible historical past. This publication is released in organization with the military background Unit and is a quantity within the Australian military historical past assortment.
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Had no idea, not until we were taken down to the tunnel and actually shown the containers there that had it in. 1 CHEMICAL WARFARE IN AUSTRALIA Australian soldiers gassed by mustard gas lie in the open at an overcrowded aid post near Bois De l’Abbe, France, 27 May 1918. They were gassed during operations at Villers-Bretonneux. This direct experience of gas was to profoundly influence Australia’s desire to procure a retaliatory stock of war gases during World War II. A note by Sergeant A. Brooksbank, Gas NCO, 10th Australian Infantry Brigade, indicates that this is an example of what should not be done.
National Archives following discussions at the Eastern Group Conference of Australia which met in India in early November 1940 to examine the production of gas by member nations. 23 The Indian government was also considering manufacturing gas and asked whether Australia would utilise India’s manufacturing and filling facilities. 24 The final recommendations of the Defence Committee included advice from the Secretary of the CDB on implementing the Army and RAAF 21 22 23 24 The aircraft referred to in the report included the Demon, Wirraway and Beaufort aircraft which could be fitted with 250 lb gas containers.
The debate over the acquisition of chemical stocks, either through manufacture or importation had, up to this point, lasted at least four years, while the war itself had been going on for two and a half years. On 16 March 1942, the day after Singapore fell, the Defence Committee argued that a formal arrangement should be made with Britain for the export of chemical weapons stocks to Australia. The request itself came three weeks later on 10 March 1942. Ironically, in March 1941, a report had been produced on the vulnerability of Singapore to attack by chemical warfare.
Chemical Warfare in Australia: Australia’s Involvement in Chemical Warfare, 1914 - Today by Geoff Plunkett