UK colonial papers reveal proposed poison gas trials

Newly released colonial-era papers reveal UK Government plans to test poison gas in the British Protectorate of Bechuanaland.

New colonial documents, released to the National Archives this week, reveal UK Ministry of Aircraft Production proposals to test virulent forms of poison gas in modern-day Botswana in 1943, according to the Guardian.

The Ministry of Aircraft Production, set up by the British government during WWII, set out to find an area sufficiently uninhabited to conduct tests of the gas. The suggested Makgadikgadi Pan was quickly deemed unsuitable due to an impending rainy season - and, despite attempts to postpone the trails, there is no evidence to suggest they were eventually realised.

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