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Gas Demonstration: 1942

Gas Demonstration: 1942

June 1942. "Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. Gas demonstration. Soldiers wearing gas masks after having been sprayed with gas from a plane." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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The Edgewood Arsenal is part of the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. The Arsenal was the site of human experiments involving chemical warfare, vaccines, drugs, and even psychochemical warfare. These experiments lasted from 1948 to 1975. More than 7000 soldiers were exposed to various chemicals and drugs. The program ended amid scandal and accusations of unethical practices. Lawsuits followed, some as recently as the late 2000s.

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My father served in the Army during WWII. He used to tell me stories of watching some of his platoon mates getting "sick" in their masks during these drills. The greatest generation ever.

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