A History of Chemical Warfare by K. Coleman

By K. Coleman

In A heritage of Chemical war, the writer provides us a heritage of the improvement and use of chemical guns from precedent days to the current. loads of realization is given to WWI because the "great conflict to finish all wars" observed the main prolific use of chemical guns both sooner than or because the warfare. also, protocols trying to regulate the proliferation and use of chemical guns are assessed. eventually, the ebook examines the hazard (real and imagined) from a chemical battle assault at the present time through rationally assessing to what volume terrorist teams world wide are able to making and utilizing such guns.

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52 In addition to production problems, the chemical industry was required to study the manufacture of a variety of other chemical warfare agents during the First World War. Among these were ethyl iodoacetate, hydrogen cyanide and toxic arsenic compounds. Large quantities of these toxic chemicals were wanted quickly and there was not sufficient time to make a careful examination of the methods of preparation. It was impossible to develop in an orderly fashion through pilot plant and semi-technical stages the process that would have been best suited to bulk production.

9 The ‘Notebooks’ of Leonardo da Vinci reveal a design for a chemical weapon which comprised a mixture of powdered arsenic and powdered sulphur packed into shells and fired against ships. 10 This use provided a precedent for the use of poison bullets against enemies and also led to the first attempt to prohibit the use of chemical weapons. This was elaborated in the Strasbourg Agreement (27 August 1675), a bilateral French and German accord which directed that neither side should use poison bullets and, as such, constitutes the first international agreement in modern history in which use of such weapons was prohibited.

There are two main groups of nerve agents, the G-agents, typically volatile liquids that break down quickly and cause death when inhaled, and the V-agents which are much more persistent and can be absorbed through the skin. The most lethal nerve agents are three G-agents, tabun, sarin and soman, and a V-agent, VX. Tabun was first discovered in 1936. It is a colourless liquid with a fruity smell, first produced in industrial quantities in Silesia in 1942. Sarin was also discovered in Germany in 1938.

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