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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Gas I.

This is coolbert:

Here is another instance of poison gas being used during World War Two [WW2].

"Defense of the Adzhimushkay quarry"

Soviet partisan fighters, underground in the Adzhimushkay Catacombs, were flushed out in part by the German using poison gas.

These catacombs were a series of quarries with connecting tunnels that had been dug over a number of previous decades [prior to 1942]. NOT burial chambers as the catacombs of Rome.

"German forces started to use explosives and toxic gases to end the resistance. On October 30, 1942, German forces finally entered the catacombs and captured the remaining defenders. Of the 13,000 or so people who took refuge in the catacombs, only 48 were alive at the end of the 170 day siege."

You would have thought that the use of poison gas, if it WAS used, would be well-known and even highly publicized AT THE TIME!!

This is not so!? The German used chemical agents both in suppressing the ZOB fighters of the Warsaw ghetto and the Soviet partisans underground at the Adzhimushkay Catacombs?! Very specific instances for specific reasons.

I think it was a surprise to many at the time that poison gas was NOT employed by the various combatants during WW2! Advantages were far outweighed by the disadvantages?

The Japanese used poison gas EXTENSIVELY AGAINST CHINESE TROOPS PRIOR to Pearl Harbor. After that, no use? Poison gas use authorized personally by Hirohito?! A war crime for which the "divinity" was totally excused??!!

"Emperor Shōwa [Hirohito] authorized by specific orders (rinsanmei) the use of chemical weapons against the Chinese. During the battle of Wuhan, Prince Kan'in transmitted the emperor's orders to use toxic gas on 375 separate occasions"

Toxic gas = Poison gas!!




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