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By Geoff Plunkett

In 1943 a best mystery consignment of chemical guns, together with lethal mustard fuel, arrived in Australia by way of send. yet there has been an issue - it used to be leaking. army gurus fast realised this yet, within the pursuits of secrecy, despatched unprotected and unsuspecting wharf labourers right into a deadly surroundings. the outcome was once catastrophic: everlasting incapacity and loss of life. This stunning narrative contains money owed of respectable deceit, intimidation of gassed labourers and denial of ordinary justice. the reality, buried in categorised files and the testimony of the few survivors, is that human existence was once sacrificed for the sake of secrecy. nearly 70 years after battle shares of chemical guns have been it sounds as if completely destroyed, mustard gasoline continues to be current at the Australian mainland, in her oceans and alongside her coastal fringes. the whole destruction of chemical shares is just one other army assumption. as a matter of fact that those lethal guns have been incompletely destroyed, buried or just misplaced. Many maintain their effectiveness regardless of the passing of time, a incontrovertible fact that rate one guy his existence and observed employees and youngsters at a college badly burned in 1964. Mustard gasoline guns were retrieved as lately as 2012 and extra may perhaps lie in shallow graves ready to be exposed. it is a very genuine lesson for the army of at the present time. This ebook is a quantity within the Australian military heritage assortment, released by way of the military heritage Unit (Department of Defence, Australia). It featured at the 7pm ABC information on 28 November 2014.

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And surprisingly, by the time you totalled them all out, there were just over 100 people aboard. She was a very typical merchant ship ofthe time - typically Blue Funnel, with a single, very tall stack which housed the silencers and those things from the engines. Accommodation was good for the deck officers and the senior engineers - it was all in the centre castle. The rest of us were squeezed into terrible cabins in the engine room alleyway, which were very, very noisy and very, very hot. But you know, as ships went, she was just an average kind ofa ship, about 8000 tons.

Some of the Melbourne cargo had been put in the wrong hold. Stuart Glover (Stuart Glover). Stuart Glover was a tall, strapping lad who looked older than his 17 years. He had met a few Merchant Navy officers in his younger days and he liked what he saw. Conveniently, there was a cadet college adjacent to his home and, after six months' training, he qualified as a radio officer. All he had to do was find a 7 DEATH BY MUSTARD GAS ship and he could realise his ambition to go to sea. One week before she was due to depart he was sent to the ldomeneus to be tested by the chief radio operator.

IS As the stevedores were no longer available to chock the hole left by the now removed tractor cases, volunteers were asked to go down into the hold. Trewin and a team of stevedores answered the call and finished the job. Hatchman Duck had, by now, struggled home. The condition of his eyes had deteriorated significantly. ' Duck was in hospital for some three weeks and, during that time, he sawall but two of the other men who had been working in the hold of the Idomeneus. 'After a week and a half I could just about see but it took nine weeks or so to be normal' was his recollection.

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