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"New Type of German Vesicant Reported" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following report on German vesicants in WWII was originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 1, June 18, 1942.

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Evidence is accumulating that the enemy is manufacturing a vesicant other than mustard (HS) and lewisite (MI). It is almost certain that this substance is of the same type as one which is known to have been the subject of enemy experiments for some time. It appears that one center for the manufacture of this new vesicant is in Poland. At least one new projection device has been captured by the Russians.

Unusual interest in civilian anti-gas defense is also to some extent a seasonal manifestation. The Spring of 1941 saw great activity in western Germany. It now appears that there is considerable activity in this direction in Berlin, eastern Germany and in Poland.

(M/A Report, London, No. 47531.)


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