Hanoi: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1966. 36p., black and white photo illustrations from press sources; staplebound pamphlet in wraps, 7.5 x 5 inches, very good.
Includes three pix from US press of GIs in different kinds of chemical protective mask. Quotes the Mario Sartori book on poison gas research to identify the kinds the US used in Vietnam, which were, firstly, combat-proved WWI gases, secondly, WWII gases never tested in combat, and --curiously and without missing a beat-- LSD. From p.8 of the booklet in hand: "The gases used in South Vietnam are of varied kinds. UPI (March 23, 1965) made known that the U. S. troops in South Vietnam had received and stockpiled the CN, DM and CS. Now, in his treatise on 'The War Gases' reedited in New York in 1943, D[r] Mario Sartori listed the CN chloroacitophenone C6 H5 CO-CH2 and the DM phenarsasine chloride NH (C6 H4): 2ASC1 or Adamsite together with the main war gases which had been prepared or [were] in research at the end or immediately after the First World War. American troops also used the BZ and other kinds bearing the conventional names VX and LSD-25. The head of the press service of the U.S. State Department, McCloskey, formally stated that effectively the gases used were not simple tear-producing, but vesicant and semiasphyxiating ones, able to cause blisters on skin and inflammations of the breathing apparatus. The effects of CN, DN and CS or thiophosgen are well-known among scientific circles. They are lachrymatory, vesicant, sternutatory, irritant and toxic gases which cause irritation of the pupil, tears, cough, detachment of the mucous membrane, vomitting, painful burns of the breathing apparatus, and are conducive to death.. 1. At Phulac U. S. troops used the alpha chloro-acetophenone strayed in clouds, and aerosol dropped by helicopters. 2. At Boiloi (Tayninh province) they used adamsite" &c &c. Rusk and McNamara promote the idea these are gases routinely used for crowd control. The GDR is reported to have alleged (p.10) that West Germany has helped the US "build factories in South Vietnam for the production of war gases." Protests from the UN &c &c. Nothing more in the text about LSD.
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