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04/11/2009

Churchill Wanted to ‚Drench‘ Germany With Poison Gas

Mark Weber

churchillandgun1In a secret wartime memorandum, Winston Churchill told his advisers that he wanted to „drench“ Germany with poison gas. Churchill’s July 1944 memo to his chief of staff Gen. Hastings Ismay was reproduced in the August-September 1985 issue of American Heritage magazine.

„I you to think very seriously over this question of poison gas,“ the four-page note began. Britain’s wartime leader continued: „It is absurd to consider morality on this topic when everybody used it [gas] in the last war without a word of complaint from the moralists or the Church. On the other hand, in the last war the bombing of open cities was regarded as forbidden. Now everybody does it as a matter of course. It is simply a question of fashion changing as she does between long and short skirts for women.“

Churchill’s proposal, which would have meant violating the 1925 Geneva Protocol outlawing the use of poison gas, was never adopted. His military advisers argued that gas warfare would divert Allied war planes from the more effective strategy of bombing Germany’s industries and cities. Gas attacks would not be decisive, they feared, and Germany would very probably retaliate with devastating effect against Britain. Churchill complained to an associate that he was „not at all convinced by this negative report,“ but he reluctantly gave in. „Clearly I cannot make head against the parsons and the warriors at the same time,“ he complained in private.

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