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From worry of sabotage within the London Underground to the 1st anthrax bomb and the big open air checks, Brian Balmer tells the mostly untold historical past of organic guns study and coverage in Britain. Drawing on lately declassified records, this ebook charts the key background of germ battle coverage from the 1930's to the mid-1960's. Britain and organic struggle explores the position of self reliant clinical advisors in shaping some of the most major organic struggle study courses in background.

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16 Again, bacteriological warfare was being linked to the health risks associated with both deliberate employment of agents and also with a conventional weapon attack. A year later the Committee of Imperial Defence’s Subcommittee on Bacteriological Warfare was formed with Hankey as the chairman. 18 Another two members also had institutional affiliations beyond Government. 19 Hankey put this remit into his own words at the opening of the first meeting in November 1936. He commented that there were signs of German interest in bacteriological warfare and stated that the UK needed to take this into account when addressing its own defence preparations.

Banting had prepared this paper for the National Research Council of Canada and passed it on to the British authorities while on a fact-finding mission to the UK. 14 Banting also intimated that the British scientific advisors were dangerously complacent. After mentioning the dismissive conclusions of the MRC secret document, he added: In my opinion, a very great responsibility rests upon the scientists who have so advised the British Government concerning bacterial warfare . . 15 Banting identified the source of this poor advice in the British bacteriologists’ construal of disease.

This note of dissent initiated a discussion of the finer details of the memo. The committee members agreed that fine sprays from aircraft would disperse and evaporate unless sprayed from quite low altitude. 20 Contaminated shells and bullets, they thought, would endanger those handling them and, in any case, would barely add to the infections that would arise normally from these wounds. Once these points had been raised, the committee returned to Laidlaw’s suggestion that further research was needed.

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