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    Allies Might Have Lost at D-Day if Hitler Had Used Nerve Gas, Says Expert

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    As the D-Day anniversary approaches, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, Frank J. Dinan, has revealed what could have happened if Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler had used the deadly nerve gas Tabun. According to Professor Dinan, had Hitler used Tabun, the Allies could have been forced back into the sea with enormous casualties.
    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/05/15/a...d-deadlyn.html

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    Seeing Tabun's effectiveness as a weapon and the lack of an Allied response, Hitler certainly would have used it against the Russians.
    Why didn't Hitler use Tabun agaisnt the Soviets? He had nothing to lose by 1945 with imminent total defeat looming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Æmeric View Post
    Why didn't Hitler use Tabun agaisnt the Soviets? He had nothing to lose by 1945 with imminent total defeat looming.
    I would suggest it was out of fear for reprisals after the war - Hitler was not so irrational or that much of a madman that he didn't knew Germany's true situation: he knew the war was lost in 1945. And/or he did it out of fear of the allies soaking German cities in poison gas with their bomber fleets, something of which they had plenty themselves. Tabun wasn't going to change Germany's situation in the long run anyhow, least of all in 1945.

    Some people may also point to Hitler's aversion of combat gasses due to his own nasty experience with them in WW1.

    It's an interesting topic though. Refraining from using Tabun against the Normandy beachheads was at any rate not using a trump card, one can't imagine the possibility not crossing the minds of the Germans as they were preparing for the allied invasion of Western Europe. I guess the fear of retaliation, of which there would've been much all across Germany, was too big. And the allies could do much more damage that way than the Germans at that stage in the war, with their extensive air campaign.

    But I haven't come across the answer to this question yet, I'm only speculating.
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    Maybe, Hitler was not the monster that US and Britain made him into to be. Even a few American Congressman in the 60's admitted to the zealous propaganda prewar and post war WW I and II decades. They were Anglo-Saxons wars regardless of the hype, so he knew of the consequences of increasing mass cultural destruction. I'm curious. Was this after the bombings of Dresden and Hamburg? America has always used nasty bombing campaigns against their enemies and now using drones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winterland
    Maybe, Hitler was not the monster that US and Britain made him into to be.
    British experts didn't think it was likely Germany would resort to chemical warfare, at least not against civilian targets: they thought the Japanese were morally capable of it, unlike the Germans, but assumed the Japanese didn't have the technology, science and wherewithal to do it. It would've been considered a huge war crime anyhow.

    Interestingly, the Brits were going to unleash their own chemical weapon stash against any German invasion of Britain, if one had been staged in 1940. That was the plan.

    Quote Originally Posted by Winterland
    Was this after the bombings of Dresden and Hamburg?
    Hamburg was bombed countless times, but you're probably thinking of Operation Gomorrah in July 1943, which lasted several days. D-Day (1944) happened in between the bombing of Hamburg (1943) and the notorious destruction of Dresden (1945).
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