Re: Should gas have been used in the Pacific?
Most of the rules were broken by the other side, and in some cases we followed suit. The U.S. always had a ready stock pile of Chemical weapons in case the other side used them. In Bari Italy a U.S. ship carrying mustard gas was hit by German bombers releasing the mustard gas against U.S. troops and civilians.
I agree with Mithrandir the gas would not have been as effective againt troops in dispersed defensive positions. It would be very effective agains closely packed landing troops on the beach. If we opened this door to the use of chemical weapons it might have been more damaging to U.S. troops than to the enemy.
And I think it is a good thing chemical weapons are banned. I agree on useing them in retaliation, but not first use.
Mithrandir what is a 54E/H/C. Is that a M.O.S.?
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