World War II History: We Almost Used Chemical Weapons on Japan in 1945

Posted: June 11, 2016 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

The Tactical Hermit


In May, President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima reignited discussions of whether the United States actually needed to drop atomic bombs to force Japan to surrender at the end of World War II. What these debates didn’t touch on was that the U.S. military prepared to use other horrifying tactics, including starvation induced by chemical weapons.

In April 1944, the U.S. Army started cooking up special chemical compounds to destroy or otherwise damage crops. A year later, the ground combat branch was hard at work getting the weapons ready for a possible campaign on the Japanese home islands.

“The possible use of … a chemical warfare agent, to destroy essential crops on the Japanese mainland and on the by-passed occupied islands, was given close consideration during the last year of World War II,” members of the National Defense Research Committee explained in a 1946 report.

When the war ended…

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