Work at Porton started in March
Location[ edit ] Porton Down is situated just northeast of the village of Porton near Salisburyin WiltshireEngland. On some maps, the land surrounding the complex is identified as a "Danger Area".
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. June 2-inch mortar trials, Porton Down opened in as the War Department Experimental Station, shortly renamed to the Royal Engineers Experimental Station, for testing chemical weapons in response to German use of this means of war in The laboratory's remit was to conduct research and development regarding chemical weapons agents used by the British armed forces in the First World Warsuch as chlorinemustard gasand phosgene.
At the time, only a few cottages and farm buildings were scattered on the downs at Porton and Idmiston.
By Maythe focus for anti-gas defence and respirator development had moved from London to Porton Down, and bythe original two huts had become a large hutted camp with 50 officers and 1, other ranks. After the Armistice inPorton Down was reduced to a skeleton staff. Bythe Cabinet agreed to the Committee's recommendation that work should continue at Porton Down.
From that date a slow permanent building programme began, coupled with the gradual recruitment of civilian scientists.
Bythere were servicemen, 23 scientific and technical civil servants, and 25 "civilian subordinates". Bythe civilian staff had doubled. Bythe international situation was such that the Cabinet authorised offensive chemical warfare research and development and the production of war reserve stocks of chemical warfare agents by the chemical industry.
As Allied armies penetrated Germany, they discovered operational stockpiles of munitions and weapons that contained new chemical warfare agents, including highly toxic organophosphorous nerve agents such as sarinunknown to Britain and the Allies at the time.
Its focus included anthrax and botulinum toxinand in it famously carried out tests of an anthrax bio-weapon at Gruinard Island. Subsequent research took the newly discovered German nerve agents as a starting point, and eventually VX nerve agent was developed at Porton Down in In the end these aims came to nothing on the offensive side because of the decision to abandon any sort of British chemical warfare capability in favour of nuclear weapons.
On the defensive side there were years of difficult work to develop the means of prophylaxis, therapy, rapid detection and identification, decontamination, and more effective protection of the body against nerve agents, capable of exerting effects through the skin, the eyes and respiratory tract.
There have been persistent allegations of unethical human experimentation at Porton Down, such as those relating to the death of Leading Aircraftman Ronald Maddisonaged 20, in Maddison was taking part in sarin nerve agent toxicity tests; sarin was dripped onto his arm and he died shortly afterwards.
In the s, the station, now renamed the Chemical Defence Experimental Establishment CDEEbecame involved with the development of CSa riot-control agent, and took an increasing role in trauma and wound ballistics work.
Both these facets of Porton Down's work had become more important because of the unrest and increasing violence in Northern Ireland. In the same month an autoclave exploded, shattering two windows.
Both incidents generated considerable media coverage at the time. Preoccupation with defence against nerve agents continued, but in the s and s, the Establishment was also concerned with studying reported chemical warfare by Iraq against Iran and against its own Kurdish population.
The laboratory now contains samples of some of the world's most aggressive pathogens, including Ebola, anthrax and the plague, and is leading the UK's current research into viral inoculations.
In Dstl scientists tested samples from Syria for Sarin, which is still manufactured there, to test soldiers' equipment.General Chronology of Events by Val Valarian, from Michael Tsarion's book "Atlantis, Alien Visitation, and Genetic Manipulation" One of the crucial elements of the essay is the belief and concept that children are tabula rasa, i.e., totally programmable.
The idea was Britain creates anthrax bomb and tests it on Gruinard Island. A nuclear weapon would have a much larger and more destructive effect, as it is the only weapon of mass destruction that also destroys buildings, but the likelihood of a terrorist group acquiring or building one is fairly low at the moment.
mass destruction weapons specifically to use against Americans.5 Other, more political factors, also fanned the debate, such as the vested interests of defense contractors and government offices in larger budgets,6 not.
Gruinard island [in the north of Scotland] was used as a test site for anthrax during the second world war and was not declared safe until 40 years later." Sir Tim said that biological weapons was.
This Week in History. HISTORY, 24 Apr Satoshi Ashikaga – TRANSCEND Media Service. Apr QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. The German army was the first to use weapons of mass destruction, both biological and chemical, during the First World War, although their attacks with biological weapons were on a rather small scale and were not particularly successful: covert operations using both anthrax and glanders attempted to infect animals directly or to contaminate.