Use of Gas in WW2

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#1
Sat watching War Horse, and being a bit bored I got to thinking: Did any nation actually use Gas (apart from on the Jews etc in the Concentration Camps) as a weapon during the Second World War? I know Britain expected it to be used against us, did the Germans expect it to be used against them?
 
#2
I don't think either side used it, for fear of getting some of their own medicine in retaliation. The memories of it's use in WW1 lingered on, I suppose, on both sides.
 
#3
Sat watching War Horse, and being a bit bored I got to thinking: Did any nation actually use Gas (apart from on the Jews etc in the Concentration Camps) as a weapon during the Second World War? I know Britain expected it to be used against us, did the Germans expect it to be used against them?
Well they carried ressies.
 
#4
Sat watching War Horse, and being a bit bored I got to thinking: Did any nation actually use Gas (apart from on the Jews etc in the Concentration Camps) as a weapon during the Second World War? I know Britain expected it to be used against us, did the Germans expect it to be used against them?
Just in case it was used by the axis powers, Churchill gave orders that we manufactured Gas. The factory still stands empty in North Wales as it is considered to be a toxic contaminated site.
 
#5
Didn't gas get used during the invasion of Poland? Seem to remember something about the royal signals team attached to the polish cypher bureau being the only British troops to be gassed in ww2
 
#7
Expect? Only in the begining, later on it was "prepared for" thankfully Uncle Adolf had been gassed. The fact that even up till the end of the War Respirators were carried by the Germans, the allies not so.
The German Legion Condor did use Gas during the Spanish Civil War mind. Am not sure about Japan against China.
 
#8
Towards the end of the war Hitler considered using the new German gases, Tabun and Sarin. Either he was persuaded better of it, or his underlings managed to make excuses till he started on some other idea - they didn't want to get gassed in retaliation. Churchill also had a brainstorm of using low concentrations of mustard gas on German cities in order to overload their medical services with wounded civilians, but Harris told him to **** off.

When Operation Sealion was thought to be imminent (according to Alan Bullock), Spitfires were equiped with tanks and sprayer systems in order to mustard-gas German troops landing on beachheads.
 
#10
I seem to recall that the Americans seriously considered the use of poison gas on Iwo Jima to deal with those who refused to come out of the cave and tunnel system. They did use tear gas.
 
#12
As mentioned. Had Operation Sealion been anything more than Teutonic fancy Churchil had already given the order for the use of gas on the invasion beaches.

Hitler wrongly believed that Great Britiain stocked enormous stockpiles of poison gas, far in excess of the Reich, and feared the consequences of the RAF delivering those gases to German cities in retaliation should they use them first.
 
#14
The Italians used gas during the Abyssinian campaign. Also the Germans had 7.92mm with a pellet of teargas in it, not particularly effective as it was only after captured stocks were examined that anyone knew about it, I can't find the source for that at the moment, but will quote it when I do.

Edit, I think its from a book on A/Tk warfare by Ian V Hogg.
 
#15
Well we certainly put gas in our barrage baloons.

I think the innocent Germans out sight seeing over London in their Heinkels were quite entitled to consider them to be weapons as the cable sawed the ******* wing off.

I think we should apologise now, don't you?
 
#16
An old running mate of mine was in the Kriegsmarine during the war. After the German surrender his ship and others, with German crew and RN officers, spent a while dumping German chemical weapons in the Baltic. He said it was mustard.

He was very complimentary about the way he and his ship-mates were treated by the Royal Navy. He never went home to Cottbus and settled near Essen.
 
#17
Although the Italians used a limited amount of CW in the earlier campaigns, the Japanese were the only power in WW2 to actively used significant quantities of poison gas in the invasion of Manchuria in the 1930s..

They then went on to experiment with biological weapons, Unit 731 killing tens of thousands in the process..

Unit 731

Odd than nobody makes much of it these days..!
 
#18
Not in the western theatre for fear of mutual use. There was a lot of interwar panic that came with the general fear of flying that led to (ineffective) measures being taken, and Churchill did at times order investigation / production of gases (I forget how far it went) just in case, but they weren't used.
 
#19
Didn't gas get used during the invasion of Poland? Seem to remember something about the royal signals team attached to the polish cypher bureau being the only British troops to be gassed in ww2
Germany claimed that Britain had supplied Poland with poison gas and even managed to get a Swedish doctor to testify that a number of German troops were suffering from the effects of gas exposure.
 
#20
The Japanese were the only power in WW2 to actively used poison gas in the invasion of Manchuria in the 1930s.
They used artillery and aeriel delivered chemical and biological weapons quite regularly in their imperial expansion. They were still using mustard gas in 1944 during Op Ichigo.

Strange that despite having nothing to lose they didn't use it against the western allies.

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