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In 1989 Rudibert Kunz (a journalist known for his work about chemical warfare) and military historian Rolf-Dieter Müller published an article about this question in the german newspaper Die Zeit (the article is available online). I found this via Google and was a bit surprised. Like many people I had believed in the story that Hitler did not want to use gas ...


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Re: Pierstorff's explanation, I haven't heard the biological weapons explanation before. As the primary motivation for Hitler's restraint, I don't think it's correct. From my understanding, bio weapons were rather primitive on all sides and the Japanese were actually the most advanced in this regard, not the Allies. [EDIT: I'm not sure where I first heard ...


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In World War I all nations learned that poison gas basically added nothing to military actions, not even higher casualties once everyone got out their masks and protective gear. Artillery did better at inflicting damage just shooting high explosive shells. In between the wars use of gas was banned, and most nations complied. In World War II, every nation ...


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A number of poison gasses were used in WW1. The first use is by the Germany at the battle of Second battle of Ypres. But, by 1915 the French managed and even more powerful gas called Phosgene. Phosgene took 24 hours to manifest itself, chlorine had a greenish cloud and a very strong ouder. But the most effective chemical weapon was mustard gas which, despite ...


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As noted in another answer, the Germans introduced chlorine gas early in 1915, the French countered with phosgene gas later in the year, and the Germans "topped" this with mustard gas in 1917. Gas was used mainly for shock value. The German apparently gained an advantage with "first use" in the Second Battle of Ypres. But gas is hard to store and transport, ...


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Yes. In fact, the Nazis appear to be the only people to have ever used phenol for executions. Primarily, the purpose of using lethal injection is to reduce suffering and "sanitize" the process of executions. If he protocol for administering these drugs is inadequate, lethal injection can cause great pain and be very drawn out. Phenol was used primarily as ...



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