By Geoff Plunkett
This meticulously researched booklet reveals a sixty 12 months mystery. because the jap swept south in the direction of Australia in overdue 1941, they carried chemical guns, already used with lethal influence in China. compelled to counter the chemical conflict probability, Australia covertly imported a million chemical guns - together with sixteen different types of mustard fuel - and concealed them in tunnels and different websites round the state. This e-book tells the tale of the importation, garage and 'live trials' of the lethal guns. It unearths info of the chemical struggle brokers themselves, Australia's retaliatory plans, the involvement of the united states, the inability of teaching of the guns handlers and, ultimately, the harmful disposal of the unstable brokers. such a lot of all, this is often the tale of the lads who lived with the lethal guns each day, dealing with them consistently regardless of the colossal dangers and discomfort accordingly. They have been the Chemical conflict Armourers and nearly each armourer suffered bodily and infrequently mentally from the consequences of the guns and the bad burden of protecting secrecy. This amazing publication 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 is often an extraordinary visible historical past. This e-book is released in organization with the military historical past Unit and is a quantity within the Australian military heritage assortment.
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19 Sceptical of gas utility, the RAAF concluded that the use of non-chemical heavy high explosive and incendiary bomb attacks would be more useful. 20 The later report concluded that, while high explosive and incendiary bombs—both of which could be manufactured in Australia—were a better option, mustard gas could be used in gas spray attacks. The report also noted that some of the aircraft currently used by the RAAF required only minor modification to be fitted with gas containers. , Oxford Companion to Australian Military History.
Townsville, November 1942. A serviceman in the 25-pounder gas shell trial at Townsville, November 1942. Inspecting the detector plates for degree of contamination. Townsville, November 1942. Inspecting the detector plates for degree of contamination. Townsville, November 1942. Adjusting the vapour sampling apparatus at Singleton immediately prior to a 25-pounder gas shoot, January 1943. Observers reading the detector plates (the white squares dotted about the range) at the Singleton 25-pounder trial in the target area, January 1943.
Contamination detectors used in the Humpty Doo trial. 11 August 1943. The 25-pounder MK VIII shell. Hoax town at Marrangaroo with the dummy petrol station. A chemical warfare semi-trailer truck at Marrangaroo. Army and RAAF living quarters at Marrangaroo. External view of the Army and RAAF living quarters at Marrangaroo. Temporary storehouse ... Marrangaroo, mid-1943. Distant view of the Army and RAAF living quarters at Marrangaroo. Recently and locally built hut ... Glenbrook. Used as living quarters, mid-1943.