Chemical Warfare during the Vietnam War documents the use of antipersonnel chemical weapons throughout the Vietnam War, and explores their effectiveness under the wide variety of circumstances in which they were employed. The short, readable account follows the US program as it progressed from a focus on the humanitarian aspects of non-lethal weapons to their use as a means of augmenting and enhancing the lethality of traditional munitions. It also presents the efforts of the North Vietnamese to both counter US chemical operations and to develop a chemical capability of their own.
Chemical Warfare during the Vietnam War is a comprehensive and thoroughly fascinating examination of riot-control agents during the Vietnam War.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Prelude
Chapter 3: Operation Stomp
Chapter 4: Tunnels
Chapter 5: Escalation
Chapter 6: Niches
Chapter 7: Urban Combat
Chapter 8: Communist Operations
Chapter 9: Conclusion
D. Hank Ellison has served in the US Army as an enlisted infantry soldier and a commissioned officer in the Chemical Corps, responsible for nuclear, biological, and chemical defense for infantry and artillery battalions. He is a hazardous materials instructor for Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice.
Chemical Warfare during the Vietnam War will be of interest to those studying the war or the history of tear gas use in military and police operations. It should be in the library of any institution with programs involving chemical weapons and defense.
– H-Net Reviews