Chemical Warfare Agents

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Authors
  1. D'Agostino, P.A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
Abstract
Chemical warfare agents [1-5] are toxic chemicals controlled by the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling, and Use of Chemical Weapons and their Destruction (commonly referred to as the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)). Poisonous of toxic compounds have been utilized un an effort to gain military superiority throughout history but it is only during the past century that chemical warfare agents have been produced and used on a large scale. Lachrymator (tear agents) grenades were used by the French and German armies at the outbreak of the First World War, but it was not until the German army used chlorine near Ypres in 1915 the world entered the modern era of chemical warfare. Other chemical warfare agents including phosgene and mustard were weaponized during the First World War and were used by both sides throughout the conflict. Widespread use of these weapons resulted in more than a million chemical weapons casualties, with attributable deaths exceeding 100,000...
Keywords
Indentification;Sample preparation
Report Number
DRDC-SUFFIELD-SL-2006-031 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
08 Oct 2008
Number of Pages
34
Reprinted from
M.J. Bogusz (Ed.), Forensic Science Handbook of Analytical Seperations, Vol 6, 2008, p.839-872, (Published by Elsevier B.V.)
DSTKIM No
CA031357
CANDIS No
530233
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Hardcopy;Electronic Document(PDF)

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