World War 2 Documentary

Nerve Agent History WWII

First discovered accidentally during the 1930s by industrial chemists in Germany conducting pesticide research, the nerve agents Tabun (GA) and Sarin (GB) were developed into chemical weapons and stockpiled by the Nazi regime. Fortunately, Hitler did not order their use during World War II because German intelligence believed–incorrectly–that the United States and the Soviet Union had developed similar weapons. After the war, the victorious Allies competed among themselves for the secrets of the Nazi nerve agent program. In the early 1950s, British industrial scientists accidentally discovered a second generation of nerve agents that were even more toxic than Sarin and were dubbed “V agents” because of their venomous (skin-penetrating) properties. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union pursued a chemical arms race in which they produced and stockpiled various nerve agents in the thousands of tons. For a detailed history for the general reader of the discovery, development, proliferation, and control of nerve agents such as Tabun, Sarin, Soman, and VX, read the 2006 book, War of Nerves: Chemical Warfare from World War I to Al-Qaeda, By Jonathan B. Tucker. During the 1960s, ocean dumping, openpit burning, and land burials were the US Armys method of destroying chemical weapons. In 1969, the National Academy of Sciences recommended that ocean dumping be avoided. In the late 1960s President Nixon halts the production of chemical weapons. In 1972, the
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Five-Night Event Premieres November 15 at 9/8c —— WWII in HD is the first documentary to show World War II as it really was from the perspective of both sides, in full, immersive, HD color. Culled from rare color archival footage from an exhaustive worldwide search and converted to HD with a meticulous new technique, this series uses diaries and source documents to follow the personal stories of a handful of soldiers who fought in the major battles.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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Thursday, November 11th, 2010 World War 2 History

28 Comments to Nerve Agent History WWII

AltitudeWarrior
November 11, 2010

From August 1943 Hitler ordered mass production of Tabun-B for planned nerve gas raids on England. Prototypes of V-1 and V-2 with nerve gas warheads were developed in Breslau, but Churchill ironically spooked by the spectre of a Nazi nuclear bomb threatened Hitler with retaliation by dropping anthrax all over Germany. Hitler backed off.

Mrloco0117
November 11, 2010

In 1969 nickson agreed with other countries to ban this type of warfare

idrobinhood
November 11, 2010

I wonder if these nerve agents are slowly be releasing into the atmosphere today..

asimb0mb
November 11, 2010

@MBP6705 lol same here! ;D

MrS5099
November 11, 2010

This is fucking awesome!!!!!

frank47hammer
November 11, 2010

Now this is what the History Channel should be for: preserving history.

tommysuiter666
November 12, 2010

@GTAIVPC2 Ya man it’s some gritty stuff, definitely hits harder than any other WW2 show I’ve seen.

MBP6705
November 12, 2010

Aww… This was the featured video in the suggestions bar of the last video I was watching. I clicked on it hoping it would be one of those youtube tv full episode things…

Awesome, awesome show for whoever has not seen it.

TheGreenTrain
November 12, 2010

I loved this documentary. I am going to get it on Blueray and watch it again. Amaizing work History Channel. These are the shows that make your channel famous.

GTAIVPC2
November 12, 2010

@MrRomiq I loved it, Not so much of a appoinment, I thought it was when I saw the trailer, I LOVED THE SERIES! It’d show’d people who’d die, a jewish person and how’d he had to deal with it, A bomber pilot turning in a fighter pilot, and of course, a guy getting TRENCHES FOOT!

GTAIVPC2
November 12, 2010

@tommysuiter666 I know, I bought it like, 6 months ago and watched it over 200 times, and i’m still like ” I cannot believe that happened” Or “No way!!!” Or “THAT IS AWESOME, but yet sad….,”

HappyCaddy
November 12, 2010

BRAVO!!

tommysuiter666
November 12, 2010

Caught an episode of this on the History Channel one day, amazing documentary. Has some of the best and most intense footage I’ve ever seen. 5 stars.

Athithan
November 12, 2010

@jeffman3003 If you want to see the Russian battle why are you watching a BBC program? The reason you have only seen the Western Theatre of War is because you live in North America. It has less to do with ideology and more with bias, proximity, and who the audience is. You are the one who needs to expand your box, and not criticize a source for showing their perspective.

MrRomiq
November 12, 2010

@MrRomiq saw the series lat night…i was disaponted… it doesn’t show the war perspective of both sides. 85% only allies actions. very few reference about important battles of WW2. no arden, no stalingrad, no kursk… the series starts from december 1941after failure on moskow. the video editing and the sound are amazing

sa1toh
November 12, 2010

This was a fantastic series. The detail they went into with providing the footage, the real time interviews, and the narration. Everything was magnificent.

MrRomiq
November 12, 2010

I never saw this series…
seems to have a better quality than Apocalypse-Second World War from National Geographic

sethja8
November 12, 2010

Does anyone know where I can get the FDR Speech at the start of each WWII in HD video? I can not seem to find anything on it.

SportDogg2008
November 12, 2010

Where can i find the tv episodes from this series?

SportDogg2008
November 12, 2010

WHERE CAN I FIND THE TV EPISODES FROM THIS SERIES?

SportDogg2008
November 12, 2010

WHERE CAN I FIND THE EPISODES FROM THE TV SERIES?? ON THIS SHOW

lalagirl135
November 12, 2010

WOW this is like C.O.D. world war i had no idea how bad the battle field was like O.O

campbema10
November 12, 2010

WHOAH! this is siiick! its on tonight i cant wait to watch it..haha the ending speech reminded me of Aces High XD ( iron maiden )

xStalkerxx
November 12, 2010

cool! downloading it right now

tabanorama
November 12, 2010

You are an IDIOT, you seem very defensive on behalf of the Germans but do you not realize that they did the SAME EXACT THING? Both powers did! The Germans went so far as to have made children’s books describing Jews as though they’re monsters, so what the fuck makes them so innocent? Get out of here

Switchfoot771
November 12, 2010

Finland was allied with Nazi Germany until 1944.

Your opinion doesn’t mean shit.

rimpulasi
November 12, 2010

More american propaganda “documentaries”.. oh goody! These allways portray every german as the most evil nazi bastards that wants to eat your babies and every american is a goddamn hero jew with a hard-on. They should rename history channel to Propaganda channel!

kravkid510
November 12, 2010

me 2! And that intro song during the first episode when they are recapping the German invasion of Norway, Poland..ect….it’s playing over Churchill’s voice…I’ll let you know if i find it…and u let me know if you do, k?

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