Item #20069 Rare Chemical Warfare Reserve Photo Album from Michigan. Chemical Warfare Military.
Rare Chemical Warfare Reserve Photo Album from Michigan
Rare Chemical Warfare Reserve Photo Album from Michigan
Rare Chemical Warfare Reserve Photo Album from Michigan
Rare Chemical Warfare Reserve Photo Album from Michigan
Rare Chemical Warfare Reserve Photo Album from Michigan
Rare Chemical Warfare Reserve Photo Album from Michigan
Rare Chemical Warfare Reserve Photo Album from Michigan
Rare Chemical Warfare Reserve Photo Album from Michigan
Rare Chemical Warfare Reserve Photo Album from Michigan
Rare Chemical Warfare Reserve Photo Album from Michigan

Rare Chemical Warfare Reserve Photo Album from Michigan

Military, Chemical Warfare

Photo Album

[Military] [Chemical Warfare] [Michigan] Photo album documenting Camp Custer in Michigan and the Chemical Warfare Reserve Officers in 1928. Large Album includes 244 black and white silver gelatin photographs, all measuring 3.5" x 5.5". All 244 photos are from Camp Custer in Michigan. Several photos feature uniformed soldiers and colonels, wearing gas masks out in the field as different chemicals are tested. Some photos feature plumes of smoke following explosions. Other photos range from soldiers in uniforms to planes, barracks, and mess halls. Ranging from group shots to individual portraits, soldiers often appear hard at work in the fields or posing outside of tents and recreational buildings. Photo album likely belonged to a "Senior Instructor" as listed in gild on the cover. Cover also has the title "Chemical Warfare Reserve Officers, Camp Custer, Michigan, July 15-28, 1928." Album measures 10" x 14.5" Camp Custer was built in 1917 for military training during World War I. On July 1, 1920, the CWS became a permanent part of the Regular Army, and began to standardize chemical agents, defensive measures, and the means of delivery. One of the enduring hallmarks of WWI was the large-scale use of chemical weapons, commonly called, simply, ‘gas’. Mustard gas blistered the skin, eyes, and lungs, and killed thousands.The fear factor was thegas formidable, Thus, chemical warfare with gases was subsequently prohibited by the Geneva Protocol of 1925. This album dates 3 years after that prohibition. Military strategists defended the use of poison gas by saying it reduced the enemy's ability to respond and thus saved lives in offensives. During World War II, both sides produced millions of tons of chemical agents and also made preparations for their use but never employed them in combat. The United States also focused its research on the development of protective clothing and skin ointments to prevent the effect of mustard agents. Many of the photos in this album seem to document these field tests. The photos document experiments that potentially exposed Service members of the Chemical Warfare Service to evaluate the effectiveness of protective gear. The photos show Field Tests with soldiers walking through the contaminated area with gas mask and protective gears. The soldiers traversed this terrain to test protective clothing, to monitor the effects of agent on horses in the test site, and to measure agent concentrations in soil and water samples. This is big album of more than 200 Photos also include images of daily life for the Chemical Warfare Reserve including baseball games, exorcises and more. Many shots with equipment, soldiers in gas masks, smoke clouds from the gas, chemical tests and more are included. This rare and rather large album's photos are in very good condition.

Item #20069

Price: $2,250.00