Should gas have been used in the Pacific?
Given the enormous American casualties during the Pacific island-hopping campaigns of World War II, should the United States have employed poison gas (mustard, phosgene, or other such substances) against these Japanese strongholds prior to invasion?
As many of you know, serious consideration was given to the use of gas on the island of Iwo Jima, but the idea was nixed at the last minute by President Roosevelt. It has always seemed to me, however, that at least on some of the islands, using gas, delievered by shell fire or other means prior to invasion, would have saved countless American lives. Granted, the political fallout would likely have been considerable, but when that price is compared to the brave Marine, Navy, and Army personnel sacrificed in these campaigns, it seems one well worth paying. What is more, the U.S. had vast stockpiles of gas available and this weapon would have been extremely effective against Japanese underground bunkers and surface positions.
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