B.Z. Gas Rendered the Enemy Too Irritable to Fight
This story originally appeared on Oct. 27, 2014. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies could expect all sort of dangers if they ever got into a war with the United States—including nuclear weapons. The Pentagon was even prepared to deploy B.Z. gas. Sometimes... Read more
The Sverdlovsk Incident Was One of the World’s Worst Bio Weapons Mishaps
In October 1979, a West German newspaper run by Soviet émigrés ran a vague story alleging that an explosion in a military factory in Sverdlovsk — now Yekaterinburg — had released deadly bacteria, killing as many as a thousand people. The story swiftly drew attention from other Western newspapers... Read more
The Pentagon Almost Gave Up on Gas Warfare
Once upon a time, the U.S. military actively prepared for chemical and biological warfare on a grand scale. But in the 1980s, the Pentagon almost gave up. One advisory committee complained about a general lack of concern in both Washington and among the general public. In 1983, the Defense... Read more
U.S. Troops Not Ready for Chemical and Bio-Attacks
The U.S. Army is worried its troops are not prepared for a biological or chemical attack. At the same time, chemical warfare is growing more common while it’s becoming easier for terrorists to cook up home-brewed bio-weapons in their basements. “Not a lot” of soldiers are good at “at donning their... Read more
U.S. Navy Film Reveals Cold War Chemical Weapons Plans
During the early years of the Cold War, the Pentagon heavily prepared to use — and defend against — new and improved poison and germ weapons. Now we have detailed look at those plans from a newly declassified 1952 U.S. Navy training film. Earlier in October, the independent website... Read more
Even Animals Needed Gas Masks in World War I
There was nothing more terrifying in the trenches than the call of a gas attack — “GAS! GAS!” This warning cry sent men scrambling for their masks as the poisonous fog enveloped them. Soldiers succumbed to the strangling effects of chlorine, phosgene and mustard gas for years as the... Read more
Growing Up With Nerve Gas
This article originally appeared at Motherboard. When the VHS tape dispatched to my family by the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program begins to roll, it simply looks, at first, like a poorly-acted instructional video from a 1990s health class. Part of a larger kit — including, inexplicably, duct tape... Read more
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