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"German Weapon Decontaminant" from Tactical and Technical Trends

A short comment on a German weapon decontaminant powder reportedly carried by all German soldiers, from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 31, August 12, 1943.

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The following report is taken from information prepared by the Office of the Chief of Chemical Warfare. This weapon decontaminant called Waffenentgiftungsmittel is a small, semi-opaque, red brown, flat plastic flask 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 11/16 inches in size, having a screw top, attached by a cord to prevent loss.

Each German soldier carries one.

It contains about 56 grams of a yellow decontaminating liquid, having a strong odor of chlorine, and shown, by analysis, to contain methyl sulphon mono- or di-chloramide dissolved in tri (B-chloro-ethyl) phosphate. It is applied to all weapon parts with a rag or wadding and wiped off after a brief period. Tests show that it is an effective decontaminant. The solvent is also effective as a powder solvent for weapon barrels.


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