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By Geoff Plunkett

This meticulously researched booklet reveals a sixty 12 months mystery. because the eastern swept south in the direction of Australia in overdue 1941, they carried chemical guns, already used with lethal impression in China. pressured to counter the chemical struggle possibility, Australia covertly imported a million chemical guns - together with sixteen different types of mustard gasoline - and concealed them in tunnels and different websites round the kingdom. This ebook tells the tale of the importation, garage and 'live trials' of the lethal guns. It finds information 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, eventually, the harmful disposal of the unstable brokers. such a lot of all, this is often the tale of the boys who lived with the lethal guns each day, dealing with them continuously regardless of the vast dangers and anguish therefore. They have been the Chemical conflict Armourers and virtually each armourer suffered bodily and infrequently mentally from the results of the guns and the bad burden of retaining secrecy. This notable ebook comprises over three hundred images - many taken surreptitiously - that illustrate all too starkly the stipulations and the chance to which those males have been uncovered. this can be an unheard of visible historical past. This ebook is released in organization with the military historical past Unit and is a quantity within the Australian military historical past assortment.

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This meeting was convened by His Excellency the Viceroy of India with the approval of His Majesty’s Government in the UK. Representatives from Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Burma, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Hong Kong, Malaya and Palestine attended. The terms of reference included formulation of a joint war supply policy for the Eastern Group. AA(ACT) A11645 1. The Australian delegation to the conference cabled the Australian Prime Minister on 6 November 1940 with a recommendation that Australia rely on its own production.

Decontamination after the flight of a mustard gas contaminated Beaufort plane. 2-inch. Size comparison of a number of UK-manufactured chemical weapon bombs held by the RAAF. A 65-lb light case bomb outside wooden transportation crate. View of the temporary shelter for maintenance operations during bad weather and for the painting of 250-lb bombs at Marrangaroo, mid-1943. A 250-lb LC UK-manufactured chemical warfare bomb. RAAF chemical warfare armourers in front of crates of 30-lb bombs (4 per box) at Marrangaroo, 1943.

5-inch quick f i r i n g h o w i t z e r another board—the Chemical Defence Board—for a ruling on bursting chemical the proposals for shipment and storage. The Chemical Defence s h e l l . I n M a r c h Board (CDB), established in 1931, acted as an advisory body 1942 the British War on chemical warfare matters referred to it by the Defence Office considered supplying this type Committee or the services. 22 evidence that any The Secretary of the CDB produced his recommendations ever arrived. © National Archives following discussions at the Eastern Group Conference of Australia which met in India in early November 1940 to examine the production of gas by member nations.

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