Re: Should gas have been used in the Pacific?
as a former 54E/H/C…. and History major….
the use of gas in the Island war would not have produce the desired effect…. even CS gas
there were also many Islands that had indigenous people still on the them …..
and.. as stated… our adherents to the treaty of both WWI and the conventions in 1928 and 1930 against its use….
that is one reason that the Marines, to their great wisdom… used flame….
it WAS NOT against the treaties as it was written….. “to not bring great harm and undue suffering” to the combatants… (The flame exhausted the oxygen and they suffocated well before the flame killed them (in most cases)
one other thing... if we had done that, and the Germans got wind of it... they may have used their gas stockpile in Europe...(even through Hitler was afraid of it and a former casualty...plus the winds in Europe was also against the Germans all during WWII). Remember… we had the Germans convinced that WE had a nerve gas thru our propaganda (we DID NOT)
(Note : the Rangers on D-Day, when they scaled the cliffs.. did not find the Guns they we sent to destroy… but ten tons or so of Nerve agent ready to deploy… Rommel wanted to use it.. Hitler overrode him)
(.02 cents posted)
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