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The Resource Death by mustard gas : how military secrecy and lost weapons can kill, Geoff Plunkett

Death by mustard gas : how military secrecy and lost weapons can kill, Geoff Plunkett

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Death by mustard gas : how military secrecy and lost weapons can kill
Title
Death by mustard gas
Title remainder
how military secrecy and lost weapons can kill
Statement of responsibility
Geoff Plunkett
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Language
eng
Summary
In 1943 a top secret consignment of chemical weapons, including deadly mustard gas, arrived in Australia by ship. But there was a problem it was leaking. Military authorities quickly realised this but, in the interests of secrecy, sent unprotected and unsuspecting wharf labourers into a lethal environment. The result was catastrophic: permanent disability and death. This shocking narrative includes accounts of official deceit, intimidation of gassed labourers and denial of natural justice. The truth, buried in classified documents and the testimony of the few survivors, is that human life was sacrificed for the sake of secrecy. Almost 70 years after war stocks of chemical weapons were apparently totally destroyed, mustard gas is still present on the Australian mainland, in her oceans and along her coastal fringed. The total destruction of chemical stocks is simply another military assumption. The truth is that these deadly weapons were incompletely destroyed, buried or simply lost. Many retain their effectiveness despite the passing of time, a fact that cost one man his life and saw staff and children at a school badly burned. Mustard gas weapons have been retrieved as recently as 2012 and more may lie in shallow graves waiting to be uncovered. This is a very real lesson for the military today
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Plunkett, Geoff
Dewey number
358.34
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Australia
Series statement
Australian Army history collection
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  • Australia
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Area Health Service (Sydney, N.S.W.)
  • Blue Funnel Line
  • Chemical weapons
  • Chemical agents (Munitions)
  • Chemical weapons
  • Chemical weapons
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Chemical weapons disposal
  • Railroads and state
  • Chemical weapons
  • Stevedores
  • Chemical warfare
  • Chemical warfare
  • Phosgene
  • Mustard gas
  • Weapons of mass destruction
Target audience
adult
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Death by mustard gas : how military secrecy and lost weapons can kill, Geoff Plunkett
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000053418488
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxiv, 228 pages
Isbn
9781922132918
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
illustrations, facsimiles, maps, portraits
Label
Death by mustard gas : how military secrecy and lost weapons can kill, Geoff Plunkett
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000053418488
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxiv, 228 pages
Isbn
9781922132918
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
illustrations, facsimiles, maps, portraits

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