29 Mar 2012

Poison Gas Proof Baby Carriage

By 1938, the prospect of Britain entering into war with Germany looked increasingly likely. With these growing fears in mind, F.W. Mills from Kent designed a large pram to protect babies and toddlers from gas attacks that might feature in air raids.

The pram was designed as such that a child could be placed inside on a small bed, and a lid would be fastened over the top. The child would then receive a supply of fresh air from a gas filter attached to the top of the lid. A rubber bulb was also added to the end of the pram to push out the stale air.

Chemical warfare (CW) involves using the toxic properties of chemical substances as weapons. This type of warfare is distinct from nuclear warfare and biological warfare, which together make up NBC, the military acronym for nuclear, biological, and chemical (warfare or weapons), all of which are considered "weapons of mass destruction" (WMDs). None of these fall under the term conventional weapons which are primarily effective due to their destructive potential. With proper protective equipment, training, and decontamination measures, the primary effects of chemical weapons can be overcome. Many nations possess vast stockpiles of weaponized agents in preparation for wartime use. The threat and the perceived threat have become strategic tools in planning both measures and counter-measures.

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