1920-1939 | Chemical weapons | Churchill's crimes

Churchill backs gas warfare to preserve the Empire

3 May 1920 On 3 May 1920, Secretary of State for War Winston Churchill wrote a covering letter of support to a Cabinet memorandum by the Chief of the Imperial Staff, Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson, on gas warfare. Churchill declared that he was ‘in entire agreement with the views put forward by Sir Henry…

1900-1919 | Chemical weapons

Cabinet has ‘no hesitation’ in approving use of gas against the Turks

19 January 1917 On 19 January 1917, the War Cabinet briefly considered the request of General Sir Archibald Murray, commanding the British expeditionary force in Egypt, to be able to deploy poison gas against Turkish troops.  Until then, it had been accepted that poison gas would not be used in the campaign unless the Turks…