Arsenic and Old Mustard: Chemical Problems in the Destruction of Old Arsenical and ‘Mustard’ Munitions

  • Joseph F. Bunnett
  • Marian Mikołajczyk

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASDT, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Lectures

    1. Daniel Froment
      Pages 17-32
    2. General-Colonel S. V. Petrov, General-Major V. I. Kholstov, Colonel V. P. Zoubrilin, N. V. Zavialova
      Pages 79-90
    3. Zbigniew Wertejuk, Mieczyslaw Koch, Wlodzimierz Marciniak
      Pages 91-104
    4. Steven P. Harvey, Timothy A. Blades, Linda L. Szafraniec, William T. Beaudry, Mark V. Haley, Thomas Rosso et al.
      Pages 115-122
    5. W. R. Cullen
      Pages 123-134
  3. Poster Abstracts

    1. Ionel Haiduc, Luminitsa Silaghi-Dumitrescu
      Pages 149-150
    2. W. Goessler, D. Kuehnelt, K. J. Irgolic
      Pages 151-154
    3. Alexander L. Chimishkyan
      Pages 155-156
    4. M. Sokolowski, E. Bilger
      Pages 157-158
    5. Alexander M. Boronin, Valentin G. Sakharovski, Ivan I. Starovoitov, Konstantin I. Kashparov, Valery N. Shvetsov, Ksenija M. Morozova et al.
      Pages 159-162
    6. A. L. Chimishkyan, S. I. Orlov, T. S. Serebryakova
      Pages 165-168
  4. Group Discussion Reports

    1. Joseph F. Bunnett, Marian Mikołajczyk
      Pages 177-183
    2. Joseph F. Bunnett, Marian Mikołajczyk
      Pages 185-188
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 189-200

About this book


More than ten million `poison gas' shells, mortar bombs, etc., lie hidden in Europe, many of them relics from World War I. Some were fired and failed to detonate, others were abandoned in old ammunition dumps. Most retain their load of chemical warfare (CW) agents. They are turned up daily in the course of farming and construction. Many European nations have permanent departments concerned with their collection and destruction.
Old munitions, when discovered, are usually heavily corroded and difficult to identify. Is it a CW munition? Or an explosive? If CW, what agent does it contain? Once identified, one has to select a destruction method. Some of the methods that have been proposed are less than perfect, and are often complicated by the presence of extraneous chemicals, either mixed with the CW agents during manufacture or formed over decades in the ground.
Of particular interest are the insiders' reports on the German CW programmes of both World Wars, and the current status of Russian chemical armaments.


Chemical Weapons Nation Transformation environment production weapons

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph F. Bunnett
    • 1
  • Marian Mikołajczyk
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA
  2. 2.Centre of Molecular and Macromolecular StudiesPolish Academy of SciencesŁódźPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5069-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9115-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-1820
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