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By K. Coleman

In A historical past of Chemical struggle, the writer supplies us a heritage of the advance and use of chemical guns from precedent days to the current. loads of recognition is given to WWI because the "great struggle to finish all wars" observed the main prolific use of chemical guns both earlier than or because the battle. also, protocols trying to keep watch over the proliferation and use of chemical guns are assessed. eventually, the booklet examines the danger (real and imagined) from a chemical conflict assault this present day through rationally assessing to what volume terrorist teams worldwide are able to making and utilizing such guns.

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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. It is a colourless liquid with no smell. Soman, again discovered in Germany in 1944, is also a colourless liquid with a fruity smell. 5 It is a moot point whether tabun is still considered worth stockpiling as its toxicity is not as high as the other G-agents, but it has a persistency in the field which may be considered tactically useful in that it could provide a vapour hazard for some days after dissemination.

With hindsight, it is easy to say that perhaps too much was being expected of this new, unreliable weapon. Dry weather had been prevalent in the middle fortnight of September, but when the attack began wet and misty weather had set in. Yet the levels of precipitation were not as vital to the success of the attack as the direction of the wind. During the evening prior to the attack the winds had died and the following morning the British commander, General Sir Douglas Haig, made a controversial decision to proceed with the attack despite uncertainty as to whether or not the slight breeze that rose on the morning would continue to blow towards the German lines.

Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light. As under a green sea, I saw him drowning. In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning. – Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum Est1 The most persistent assumption underlying the decisions taken by the great powers in July and August 1914 was the illusion that the ensuing war would be short. The thinking behind this was relatively simple: modern methods of transportation and communications created unprecedented opportunities for speed and mobility in attack.

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