first published on September 3, 2018 by Josh
Weaponization of chemical compounds, and drugs has been an on-going endeavor of military super powers around the world for a very long time. It all started in 600 B.C. when the Athenian military tainted the water supply of the Kirrha with poisonous hellebore plants to finally break their enemy. This trend continued for as long as man continued to wage war. Widespread use began during World War 1 when the German military launched the first large-scale use of chlorine gas at Ypres, Belgium, killing over 1,100 people, and injuring roughly 7.000.
In 1925, the Geneva Protocol signed by the League of Nations is the first real attempt at outlawing the use of Chemical Weapons in war. This document, that was signed by a number of nations post World War 1 with serious reservations, also prevented nation states from conducting research towards the advancement of chemical weapons and stockpiling them for use in a conflict. Many countries who signed this document did so under the premise of being allowed to use chemical weapons in response to chemical attacks against them.
As a result of this reservation, the development and continuation of research in the space of chemical weapons was advanced under the veil of secrecy. The video below, produced by the YouTube Channel Dark5, contains scenes and b-roll footage recorded during the development, testing, and use of classified weapon systems around the world. If you would like to read more about chemical weapons, and their evolution throughout the years, I highly recommend checking out this link. You can also check out more videos from Dark5 at this link.