By B. Balmer
From worry of sabotage within the London Underground to the 1st anthrax bomb and the big outdoors assessments, Brian Balmer tells the mostly untold historical past of organic guns examine and coverage in Britain. Drawing on lately declassified files, this booklet charts the key historical past of germ battle coverage from the 1930's to the mid-1960's. Britain and organic conflict explores the function of self sustaining clinical advisors in shaping probably the most major organic war study courses in historical past.
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Spread of bacterial infection, he noted, might create a problem if the necessary conditions existed, such as in the French fortifications along the Maginot Line; for this reason the committee flagged the importance of ongoing work on methods of decontaminating infected air. Shortly after approval for these early bacteriological warfare experiments had been granted, Mellanby issued a report for the War Cabinet summarizing the pre-war advice on bacteriological warfare. The report was intended as an expert response to various speculative suggestions that were circulating on how Germany might employ biological warfare.
26 Porton Down Hankey still did not share the evident scepticism of his committee on biological warfare and began to initiate further lines of research. ’27 Having met privately with Mellanby and two of the ‘leading hands’ on the committee, Hankey secured their agreement to move ahead with his plans. Mellanby had indicated that the MRC could provide materials for ‘irregular distribution’ with only 48 hours’ notice, but ‘regular methods’, which included aircraft, called for more research. The work, Mellanby suggested, might be carried out at Porton Down, Wiltshire, the site of the Chemical Defence Experimental Station since 1916.
For example, he proposed that water would just as well be chlorinated as dealt with by bacteriological methods. Finally, he noted that although any war effort may depend on good peacetime services, the Ministry of Health was faced with a range of problems of which Mellanby’s current suggestion was not a priority. At this point the chairman stopped the discussion on the grounds that provisions during peacetime were outside the subcommittee’s terms of reference, although they all agreed that a subcommittee of the MRC would be asked to discuss the practical implications of the plan for an emergency service.
Britain and Biological Warfare: Expert Advice and Science Policy, 1930-65 by B. Balmer