NAZI SCIENTISTS DURING WORLD WAR II PLANNED TO USE MOSQUITOES AS BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS
We found an interesting article that discusses the use of bugs as weapons over fifty years ago and would like to share it with our fellow Las Vegans – from Summerlin to Henderson.
During World War II Henrich Himmler, the leader of the SS in Nazi Germany ordered the creation of an entomological institute at Dachau in January 1942. The scientists at the institute were experimenting with how to keep alive malaria-infected insects long enough to be released into enemy territory.
In 1944, German scientists experimented with different types of mosquitoes to see if thier life spans were long enough to be transported from a breeding site to a drop off site, where the mosquitoes would infect humans with malaria.
These experiments were done in secret since Germany had signed the Geneva Protocol in 1925 that ruled out the use of biological and chemical weapons. The allied forces also signed the same agreement.
During both World War I and World War II animals were used for military operations – mainly for transportation and communication. During World War I the British used glow worms to help them read maps at night. American researchers were studying the use of bats to carry incendiary bombs – a program that was shelved.
In the end Himmler’s plan had very little value and was not implemented.
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