Factories of death : Japanese biological warfare 1932-45, by Sheldon H. Harris

By Sheldon H. Harris

Factories of Death information the actions of the japanese military scientists that carried out a number of scary experiments upon stay humans. It investigates who from the higher echelons of the japanese army and political institutions knew of the experiments, additionally the query of even if Allied POWs have been subjected to such exams, and the character of the deal that used to be brokered with US specialists after the warfare. This new version has been thoroughly up-to-date, and includes a completely new bankruptcy detailing the varied revelations that experience surfaced because the book's preliminary booklet in 1994.

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Less than a year after the Mid-Autumn Festival escape, the Zhong Ma Camp ammunition dump exploded, and caused significant damage within the compound. No one knew whether the explosion was accidental or whether it was due to sabotage. In any event, the Beiyinhe facility had outlived its usefulness. Ishii pronounced that his experiments there were remarkably successful. He declared that BW was practical as a method for conducting warfare, and that it was destined to be one of the important weapons in future wars.

31 These powerful connections enabled Ishii to move ahead on BW research. Initially he worked in the school’s immunology laboratory. But in late 1932 Dean Koizumi set aside some land behind his own office for Ishii’s use. An existing two-story reinforced-concrete building was already in place on the land. Another building, measuring 1795 square meters, was built adjacent to the original structure in August 1933. This complex became Ishii’s Tokyo center until Japan’s 1945 defeat. It also was a signal that BW research was a respectable and routine form of study in the Army Medical College.

His study tour is shrouded in some mystery, however, in terms of who sponsored and paid for Ishii’s expenses. It is traditional in most military establishments to send their best and brightest young officers abroad to meet their opposite numbers in other countries. At the same time, they are expected to inspect military and other installations, and to gather as much intelligence as opportunities may provide. In Ishii’s case, there is uncertainty as to his patron. ”22 It is doubtful, however, that Ishii would have been permitted to go off on his own for two years.

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