The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 15, 1953 · Page 16
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 16

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, December 15, 1953
Page 16
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FAGB SIXTEEN K (ARK.) COUK11SK NEWS TUESDAY, DEOEA1BKR 15, 1963 Army Reveals Plans for Germ Warfare Defense; Secret Manual Made Public By DOUGLAS LARSEN NBA Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON — (NBA) — The U. S. Army has clevelope , an elaborate plan for the de fense of American troop against possible germ warfare It anticipates that enem germ weapons will be primal ily directed at inducing respii atory diseases in the men. Secondary targets will be meal producing animals and all foods in an effort to starve country to its knees. Spray tanks on aircraft and aen al bombs are considered the mos likely means of delivery, althougr defenses are planned for germ, sent by rockets, missiles and -art!) lery and mortar shells. Intensive study on defenses against possible biological warfare which have been carried on by the Air Force and Navy with the Army since World War n. have led to the conclusion that the primary use by the enemy of germs will be against the civilian population. The Army experts believe that tactical biological warfare, alone, against troops would not be decisive. This information is revealed for the first time as a result of the White House order eliminating the security classification "restricted." The facts are contained in an Army Jield manual called "Defense Against Biological Warfare." The intro^'jction states: "Tf.-i purpose of this manual is to pn.t'idt information for use in *jlu!o^:?al warfare defense training. It is aite:.ded also to serve guide io all echelons in determining responsibilities in the various phases of this field, especially in connection with staff level relationships." Up until now the whole subject of biological warfare has been one of the most closely guarded areas of secrecy in the services. Part of the reason for permititng the man- H! to lose its security, along with a mass of other previously restricted Information, is because of its civil defense importance. "Restricted" was the lowest security classification after "confidential," secret," and "top secret," in that order. In eliminating the "restricted" classification the White House felt that the designation had been abused and that regulations on the remaining categories could be observed better. HER HERO—An Egyptian schoolgirl gets a friendly boost from the crowd so she can hiss Egypt's Premier Mohammed Naguib, seen leaning out car window at right. Thousands gathered to greet the popular leader when his train stopped in- the railroad station at Assuan, been given over-all responsibility for carrying out details or defense against germ weapon attacks. Officers and non-coms trained in the art are now in every Army unit, down to the lowest levels. The Army Medical Service is charged with providing and operating special laboratories in the field capable of quick analysis of evidence of germ attack. The key factor in an adequate defense against germ warfare, the manual warns, is the individual's maintenance of a very high standard of personal hygiene. Also, it says, "extra consideration and importance must be given to all phases of unit health, such as supervision of the kitchen, latrine, housing of personnel and insec! and rodent control. In the event of actual germ attack on troops the immediate defense would be very similar to that prepared for gas warfare. Protective clothing, masks and shelters will be provided. In addition, the book says, "first aid should include extra c.ire of cuts and abrasions ind food and water should be used only from approved military sources." The Army has decided that germs are especially well suited for enemy sabotage. The manual says; "The greatest effects from sabotage would be on production and on morale of an inadequately informed population. It is a good sabotage weapon because of the ease of manufacture in small quantities, ease of concealment, possible disguise as legitimate laboratory procedure and susceptibility of route of entry SLICK CHICK - Luscious is the word for "Miss, Southern Fried Chicken of 1953," as seen in the Hasty Pudding Club's 108th production "Ad Man Out." The part played by Harry Beckwith, of Newton, Mass., was one of the top hits of the Harvard University show, performed in Cambridge, Mass., by guys in dolls' clothing. Enough magnesium exists in ocean water to cover the entire earth to a depth of nine feet. vays)." It is expected that the release of is manual to the public will aid into the target Ithal is, foodstuffs, | the efforts of the Federal Civil De- beverages, drugs, cosmetics, forced fense Agency in educating the pub- air ventilation systems and sub-'lie on this danger. r mptoms is a disadvantage since er destruction of the agent by heat. The manual fives the following limitation of germs as a tactical weapon: "The incubation or lag period before the appearance of disease sually neither side in a changing tuation can determine what will ippen or be needed several days advance. The epidemic nature the retroactivity of some agents might make them dangerous either for the user or for adjacent friendly personnel." The explosive munition shell is not considered a very satisfactory means of delivering germs. "The greater the explosive force which is required to rupture the munition, : the finer the dispersion of the I agent: but also the result is great- pressure, and the toxic gasses simultaneously produced," the manual explains. Other limitations on germ weapons are said to be difficulty of storage, danger of transportation, the natural or acquired immunity of the persons under attack, and the availability of vaccines and antibiotics. 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