WHEN BRITAIN WAS READY TO DROP MUSTARD GAS ON IRISH CIVILIANS – by Donal Kennedy


On October 8th 1940 the British War Cabinet adopted an RAF plan to drench Ireland in poison gas if German forces landed there.

At the time the Germans were in control of continental Atlantic coasts from Norway to the South of France,and the British Channel Islands, but no plans to use such weapons there have emerged. First use of such weapons contravened agreements between the powers, but they were allowed to manufacture and stock them -and use them on the “lesser breeds” in such places as IRAQ.

A bomber squadron based in Suffolk was  equipped for the job. Great care was taken that nobody associated with Northern Ireland,, except Field Marshal Alanbrooke should know of the plan and no gas bombs or spray containers should be stored there.

It was recognised that gas would not recognise the border.

The plan was discovered in the early 1990s by John P Duggan, Registrar of the  Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, a former Lieutenant-Colonel in the Irish Army and the author of a History of the Defence Forces. He observed that the gas would hardly separate Irish from Germans and be termed assistance to repel a German Invasion.


Besides dropping mustard gas containers, phosgene (carbonyl chloride) would be sprayed. Experts calculated that their use might kill up to a miilion people.

The story appeared in Dublin’s SUNDAY PRESS and was commented on by “GULLIVER” aka Proinsias MacAonghsa  And I just discovered a precis of it in an old IRISH DEMOCRAT.

I do not think it registed in the British media or was challenged by the Foreign Office and its friends.

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