In this book, the author describes the history of an atrocious side of warfare, the use of chemical agents. He has written a thorough book on the subject, without falling into details. The book is a must for everyone dealing with Weapons of Mass Destruction. Soldiers, politicians and people working in the chemical industry will find this book very informative. It is a balanced book, with a good mix of chemistry, tactical use of the weapons, defensive measures, production of the agents, and the effects on the environment. The only improvement I can recommend is a bibliography for further reading. I can only recommend this book.
Onno de Meer
The author has woven data from official records with personal data from diaries, letters and memoirs to build a unique and thorough review of the weapons, the British special troops training and deployment and taken a critical look at the Brigade's leader. A good selection of maps, sketches and photographs are used through the body of the book to ably illustrate the text.
This is an important book because it provides a balanced coverage of its subjects and exposes myths and misunderstandings that have sprung up over the years.
A well-illustrated book, this is a fine case study in the effect of war as a transformative catalyst in weapons development with inventors, scientists, engineers, manufactures and soldiers interacting together to develop new and ever-more efficient ways of killing their fellow men. Recommended.
The western front association stand to! No. 97