[Lone Sentry: Japanese Personal Decontamination Kit, WWII Tactical and Technical Trends]
  [Lone Sentry: Photographs, Documents and Research on World War II]
Home Page | Site Map | What's New | Intel Articles by Subject

"Japanese Personal Decontamination Kit" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following report on a WWII Japanese military decontamination kit appeared in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 22, April 8, 1943.

[DISCLAIMER: The following text is taken from the U.S. War Department publication Tactical and Technical Trends. As with all wartime intelligence information, data may be incomplete or inaccurate. No attempt has been made to update or correct the text. Any views or opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the website.]


a. Description

The decontamination package shown below is intended for use by the individual soldier in destroying liquid vesicants that may have come in contact with his skin. The package consists of a carrying bag or pouch, a can of decontaminating agent, and a roll of absorbent cotton. The decontaminating agent has been identified as 17.8 percent sodium beta naphthalene sulfonchloramide and 82.2 percent clay. The active chlorine is 2.66 percent on the bone-dry basis. The active agent is apparently rather stable, as no corrosion was evident on the particular metal can examined. Decontamination is accomplished by mixing the agent with water and applying it wet to the skin with absorbent cotton. Approximately 45 grams (1.6 oz) of the decontaminating agent and 2.5 grams (0.09 oz) of the absorbent cotton are supplied. The can is of metal with a screw top and measures 3.1 by 2.3 by 1.2 inches. The carrying bag is of cloth, with cloth tie-strings and a fiber fob. The entire package weighs 95 grams (3.3 oz). The translation of the inscription (see sketch) on the front of both the bag and can is "Decontamination Kit."

[Japanese Personal Decontamination Kit]

b. Directions for Use

The label on the reverse side of the can gives instructions for decontamination, in substance as follows:

(1) As quickly as possible, tear off the absorbent cotton in the enclosed package, a little at a time, and lightly blot or soak up the chemical which is present on the skin.

(2) Undo the screw top of the can and pour in some water. Close the opening with the finger, and shake. Use the contents while in a muddy condition.

(3) Spread the decontaminant over the skin and gently rub it in.


[Back] Back to Articles by Subject | Intel Bulletin by Issue | T&TT by Issue | Home Page

Web LoneSentry.com