16 April 2014

16th April 1944: chemical weapons

16 Sun. Mild, dismal, rain nearly all day. In morning to Joseph Hood's Rec. to hear a lecture and to see a demonstration on how Fire Guards should tackle phosphorus bombs. The bombs contain a highly inflammable mixture of phosphorus benzine and rubber solution. The bombs when broken burst into flames when air reaches the phosphorus and they can only be put out by the application of water spray or wet sand; as soon as it dries they burst into flame again; nasty thing to have about the house. Len Garrod called. Mrs. Akroyd to tea.

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