Geoff Plunkett's Death by Mustard Gas - How Military Secrecy and Lost Weapons PDF

By Geoff Plunkett

In 1943 a best mystery consignment of chemical guns, together with lethal mustard gasoline, arrived in Australia through send. yet there has been an issue - it was once leaking. army professionals speedy realised this yet, within the pursuits of secrecy, despatched unprotected and unsuspecting wharf labourers right into a deadly setting. the end result was once catastrophic: everlasting incapacity and dying. This stunning narrative contains debts of legit deceit, intimidation of gassed labourers and denial of ordinary justice. the reality, buried in labeled files and the testimony of the few survivors, is that human existence used to be sacrificed for the sake of secrecy. virtually 70 years after warfare shares of chemical guns have been it appears absolutely destroyed, mustard fuel continues to be current at the Australian mainland, in her oceans and alongside her coastal fringes. the entire destruction of chemical shares is just one other army assumption. in point of fact that those lethal guns have been incompletely destroyed, buried or just misplaced. Many continue their effectiveness regardless of the passing of time, a proven fact that rate one guy his existence and observed employees and youngsters at a college badly burned in 1964. Mustard gasoline guns were retrieved as lately as 2012 and extra may perhaps lie in shallow graves ready to be exposed. it is a very actual lesson for the army of at the present time. This ebook is a quantity within the Australian military historical past assortment, released by way of the military background Unit (Department of Defence, Australia). It featured at the 7pm ABC information on 28 November 2014.

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An impromptu meeting was soon in progress. Preliminary discussion regarding the stay in port and repairs was quickly out of the way and they proceeded to the crux of the matter which concerned the chemical warfare holds. While the precise identity of the RAAF officers who provided the various responses has never been clearly established, what followed was an extraordinary case of military obscuration and deception that is a matter of court record. 34 CHAPTER 3 Stuart Glover (Stuart Glover). ' Captain Dark then suggested that the wearing of gas masks was the only safe way to unload No.

A Phosgene Gas Tria.! in Queensland (Diana Nelson). 'By way of assisting to square up our side of the convoy', Dark now increased speed to take up the station vacated by the British Promise. The Jdomeneus continued her course, ploughing on towards New York, down through the Panama Canal and on to the Tasman Sea, to the east of Ausualia. The worst of the weather wasn't over. '1 8 In heaving to, the ship changed its course and reduced its speed so it could ride into the sea more easily. However this was a dangerous manoeuvre as the ship was now more vulnerable to the prowling U boats.

34 CHAPTER 3 Stuart Glover (Stuart Glover). ' Captain Dark then suggested that the wearing of gas masks was the only safe way to unload No. 1 hold. Hell bent on maintaining secrecy, the RAAF officers told Dark, 'What do you want gas masks for? '2 This response contradicted Trewin's advice following his visit to the Idomeneus in Melbourne when he had stated categorically that first aid precautions for mustard gas should be adopted. Trewin himself was not at this meeting - he was still recovering from being gassed.

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