Download A Strange and Formidable Weapon: British Responses to World by Marion Leslie Girard PDF

By Marion Leslie Girard

The arrival of poison fuel in international struggle I surprised Britons in any respect degrees of society, but by means of the tip of the clash their kingdom was once a pacesetter in chemical conflict. even supposing by no means used at the domestic entrance, poison gasoline affected nearly each phase of British society bodily, mentally, or emotionally, proving to be an armament of overall conflict. via cartoons, army files, novels, treaties, and different resources, Marion Girard examines the various methods assorted sectors of British society considered chemical conflict, from the industrialists who promoted their poisonous guns whereas holding deepest keep watch over of production, to the politicians who used fuel whereas balancing the necessity for victory with the danger of constructing a name for barbarity. even supposing such a lot Britons thought of fuel a vile weapon and a symptom of the enemy’s inhumanity, many finally condoned its use. The public debates in regards to the way forward for fuel prolonged to the interwar years, and proof unearths that the taboo opposed to poison fuel was once faraway from inevitable. a wierd and bold Weapon uncovers the complex background of this weapon of overall conflict and illustrates the widening involvement of society in struggle. (20090401)

Show description

Read Online or Download A Strange and Formidable Weapon: British Responses to World War I Poison Gas (Studies in War, Society, and the Militar) PDF

Best world books

Sweet & Savage: The World Through The Shockumentary Film Lens

Mondo Cane in 1962 used to be the blueprint for a surprising, debatable and influential documentary movie cycle. recognized jointly as "mondo movies" or "shockumentaries," this enduring sequence of flicks is a precursor of the truth television exhibit. A box-office draw for 3 many years and now a staple of the video condominium marketplace, those explosive exposs could frequently cross fabricated scenes as truth as a way to supply the general public a sensationalist, hugely emotive view of the realm.

Raptors of the World

This advisor covers all of the world's 313 raptor species illustrated with grownup, juvenile and chosen immature plumages in addition to major geographical races. There are illustrations of over 2000 perched and flying birds, a few with commonplace prey and dealing with texts summarising size, wingspan, male-to-female percentage, form and flight.

Jewish Art and Civilization

Discusses the inventive, literary, fiscal, and social contributions of the Jewish humans in 13 components of the area because the go back from the Babylonian exile.

Additional info for A Strange and Formidable Weapon: British Responses to World War I Poison Gas (Studies in War, Society, and the Militar)

Example text

Of course, other weapons and means of fighting had overcome the condemnation originally heaped upon them; early riflemen and the first guns were seen as ignoble because they undercut the socially privileged and thoroughly trained knights and cavalry. indd 23 2/29/2008 9:31:18 AM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37  | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 Introduction also worked, sometimes invisibly, as a weapon of mass, impersonal destruction.

If there was such a strong dislike of gas among the international community, why did The Hague Conferences fail to outlaw chemical cylinders as well as shells? Because gas had never been used, it was unclear exactly how a chemical weapon would work. The best that the diplomats could do was to envision an existing weapon modified to deploy gas; they tried to put gas into their conceptual framework of weapons. Shells were a sophisticated, modern armament, and thus they imagined that a dedicated scientist or soldier could turn a shell into a conveyor of gas.

Thus it became increasingly burdensome that the war intensified in brutality and demanded that belligerents on both sides engage in atrocious behavior. Refraining from at least some of the new techniques of war would have left the British vulnerable to defeat; at best, therefore, they could try to limit the number of barbaric acts they committed. This was a job in which the politicians had a major role; they helped set the policies that governed Britain’s war effort. Out of necessity there was some acceptance of the new ways of war; yet at the same time, there were risks, beyond self-disgust, in adapting to the novel weapons.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.20 of 5 – based on 13 votes