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UK - Bloomsbury
USA - Bloomsbury

A Higher Form Of Killing

By Diana Preston

Published Apr 2015

The Birth of Weapons of Mass Destruction on the Battlefields of World War I

In one six week period in 1915, three new forms of warfare were introduced by the Germans which changed the rules of war for ever: unrestricted submarine warfare, aerial bombing of cities, and poison gas. All three called into question what so-called civilised nations were allowed to do to win a war, and interestingly the main reason why gas was discontinued (except much later by dictators like Saddam) is because it was considered ineffectual.

The husband and wife team writing this books are the authors of the definitive book on the Lusitania as well as a prize-winning title on the development of the atom bomb, already featuring some of the characters involved in gas production.

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