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Arsenic and Old Mustard:
Chemical Problems in the Destruction of Old Arsenical and 'Mustard' Munitions

Edited by Joseph F. Bunnett and Marian Mikolajczyk

Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998 [ISBN 0 7923 5175 4]

Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Chemical Problems Associated with Old Arsenical and 'Mustard' Munitions, Lódz, Poland, 17–19 March 1996

More than ten million `poison gas' shells, mortar bombs, etc., lie hidden in Europe, many of them relics from World War I. Some were fired and failed to detonate, others were abandoned in old ammunition dumps. Most retain their load of chemical warfare (CW) agents. They are turned up daily in the course of farming and construction. Many European nations have permanent departments concerned with their collection and destruction. Old munitions, when discovered, are usually heavily corroded and difficult to identify. Is it a CW munition? Or an explosive? If CW, what agent does it contain? Once identified, one has to select a destruction method. Some of the methods that have been proposed are less than perfect, and are often complicated by the presence of extraneous chemicals, either mixed with the CW agents during manufacture or formed over decades in the ground. Of particular interest are the insiders' reports on the German CW programmes of both World Wars, and the current status of Russian chemical armaments.

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