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    Brits in WWII Bio-Warfare shocker!

    The weapon Britain hoped would defeat the Nazis...

    Sewing machine needle tipped with anthrax was developed for war effort.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...s-1720008.html

    Now this may well not be news for some, but I found it deeply disturbing, (don't ask me why), that this kind of tactic was contemplated by our government at the time. So glad it never saw action.

    Tipped with a sewing machine needle and finished with a tail made from a drinking straw, they looked more like a schoolboy's toy than a terrifying weapon. For Britain's wartime scientists, however, these tiny projectiles were the sharp end of a chilling project to secure victory over the Nazis by bombarding German troops with poisoned darts.
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    Re: Brits in WWII Bio-Warfare shocker!

    That is distrubing to me too so you aren't alone.

    As they say though, all's fair in love and war.. Just ask Japan..

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    Re: Brits in WWII Bio-Warfare shocker!

    I don't find it that disturbing as they were at war, and so winning by any means was part of it.

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    Re: Brits in WWII Bio-Warfare shocker!

    SHOCKER!!!

    no, not really. they pierced some sheep and it went no further, its just like any other day in Wales
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    Re: Brits in WWII Bio-Warfare shocker!

    It sounds like quite a good idea, and certainly no more shocking than firing a bomb with wings into the air on the basis that it hits the ground when it runs out of fuel! Those V1's and V2's were not exactly accurate weapons! I'm glad that the needles didn't make it into service though, just think of all the bits of land over Europe that would have anthrax in them!

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    Re: Brits in WWII Bio-Warfare shocker!

    Horrible yes, disturbing i don't think so. Not when you consider the allies were fighting an enemy that was happy to gas/burn/bury/starve/poison millions of innocents and anyone that stood in their way.

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    Re: Brits in WWII Bio-Warfare shocker!

    Very inefective thou?
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    Re: Brits in WWII Bio-Warfare shocker!

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAnimus View Post
    Very inefective thou?
    apparently would work great if used an an empty space, but in battlefield conditions was a bit poo. It WAS specialised though so its always going to be a trade-off
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    Re: Brits in WWII Bio-Warfare shocker!

    Only in the peace that follows a victory do we have the luxury of morals and condemnation of those that were fighting to survive. Simple fact is you either follow a war to it's bitter end, or you risk defeat yourself.

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    Re: Brits in WWII Bio-Warfare shocker!

    [QUOTE=Lucio;1723583]Only in the peace that follows a victory do we have the luxury of morals and condemnation of those that were fighting to survive. Simple fact is you either follow a war to it's bitter end, or you risk defeat yourself.[/QUOTE/]

    Sounds like a quote from the modern day adaptation of 'The art of war'

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    Re: Brits in WWII Bio-Warfare shocker!

    Quote Originally Posted by 0iD View Post
    The weapon Britain hoped would defeat the Nazis...

    Sewing machine needle tipped with anthrax was developed for war effort.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...s-1720008.html

    Now this may well not be news for some, but I found it deeply disturbing, (don't ask me why), that this kind of tactic was contemplated by our government at the time. So glad it never saw action.
    As disturbing as the annihilation of the Jews?, as disturbing as the pitiless bombing of Malta?, as disturbing as the privation of the soldiers working on the River Kwai bridge?, as disturbing as the execution of Allied prisoners after their capture by the Axis forces?.


    ...............or merely another "Michael Jackson day" in the true scheme of world events



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    Re: Brits in WWII Bio-Warfare shocker!

    Quote Originally Posted by 0iD View Post
    Now this may well not be news for some, but I found it deeply disturbing, (don't ask me why), that this kind of tactic was contemplated by our government at the time. So glad it never saw action.
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    Re: Brits in WWII Bio-Warfare shocker!

    It is disturbing, but the whole war was pretty damn disturbing. Given what both sides contemplated doing, and indeed what some sides DID do (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Mengele), it's not particularly surprising.

    Plenty of these sorts of schemes popped up in WW2, very few were actually exacted upon the enemy. End of the day, it was a bitter war and no doubt the people "running" the theatre were thinking of anything they could to stop the opposition.

    Also, remember that in WW1, chemical warfare wasn't exactly uncommon. In many ways, considering poisoning people with poison darts is childs play compared to unloading tons of chlorine into an enemy trench. The symptoms of Mustard gas, Chlorine and Phosgene are not pleasant.
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    Re: Brits in WWII Bio-Warfare shocker!

    Absolutley fascinating, poor

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    Re: Brits in WWII Bio-Warfare shocker!

    Can't say I'm particularly surprised.

    When wholesale bombing of civilians was the name of the game, I don't think anything would've been considered unreasonable.

    War will never be civilised.

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    Re: Brits in WWII Bio-Warfare shocker!

    The Bat Bombs were almost used but the Abomb got there first, both sides were dreaming up lots of bizzare was to kill the enemy, this one seems a bit less bizzare then some of the others.

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