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  1. GunSlinger86

    GunSlinger86 Well-Known Member

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    I just bought a recently released book, "Hitler's Great Gamble" by James Ellman. I'm currently in the Sea Lion scenarios portion of the book, and in it the author states that Churchill was planning on using different poison gases on the Germans should they have landed on the beaches. Is this common knowledge? He also mentioned that Hitler knew of this and could have threatened bombings of poison gas on British cities for retaliation. If Hitler knew the British were willing to do this, why didn't Hitler use poison gas against Allied invasions?
     
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    I've read that elsewhere.

    I'm not sure if gas would have been used or if that was the leaked battle plan to give Hitler pause for thought.
     
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    ....wouldn't the wind direction affect a decision to use gas for a coastal invasion? how would the gas be delivered? etc ...if the wind is blowing toward the coast, the Germans would've gotten it also
     
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    Gunslinger meant the Brits would have used poison gas, if this is actually true.
     
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    Yes, that is what I meant. I can reference the portion of the book for the context. It comes from a Churchill quote and directive and an Imperial General Staff member directive and quote that the author cites.
     
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    All had stocks of gas and each had developed more nasty weapons than had been used in 1914-18. Fear of retaliation probably kept in unused, would it have been used quite possibly but thank God it never was.
    IMO mankind at his worst, the development of weapons like this. ("A Higher Form of Killing". ).
    Tons of the stuff dumped at sea in the Atlantic and in the North Sea.
     
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    In that article it states that Germany had more, but I've read that Britain had stockpiles of all sorts of gases and chemicals that would have dwarfed Germany's nerve agents.
     
  9. James Stewart

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    Some of it did go to the theatre, eg the explosion at Bari, Italy - would need to check but I recall it was chemical weapons.
     
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    Mustard gas, I think. My old man was in Bari at the time and saw the aftermath. After the Battle did a feature on it a lot of years ago.
     
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    Gordon, spot on.
     
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    no, he asked about hitler using gas against Allied invasions...here is the OP quote:
     

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