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"German Anti-Lice Clothing" from Tactical and Technical Trends

A report on German lice-killing military underclothes in WWII, from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 36, October 21, 1943.

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From an official source comes a report that lice-killing underclothing is claimed to have been invented in Berlin. This is said to be done by impregnating the clothes with a chemical substance, which by the warmth of the body develops fumes which fill all crevices in the clothing. These fumes kill the lice and keep fresh lice out. The new process is expected to be of great assistance for clothing on the Russian front. It is thought possible that the German purchase of laurel for conversion into lauric acid may provide the chemical substance alluded to, since it has been somewhat similarly used in Great Britain.


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