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Illicit “Red Cross” mustard gas production

“Gassed” by John Singer Sargent

I received a clandestine report from a source today that a large factory located in Hamburg, Chemische Fabrik Stoltzenberg, has produced a new blistering gas agent that is 40 times more deadly than the Yellow Cross and Blue Cross gases of the Great War. It is being named “Red Cross.” The noted chemist Hugo Stoltzenburg supervises production. For secrecy’s sake, work on the gas fabrication lines is limited to members of the Stahlheim (Steel Helmets). My source indicated that aeroplanes, either civil or military, can deliver this new gas.

Against whom are we planning to use this terror? What madness lies just below the surface of this growing and hidden German war machine! Chemical gas production and experimentation is against the international law of the Geneva protocols of 1925. I wonder if the Nazis are yet aware of this development. My guess is that there is a fair amount of undisclosed collaboration between Hitler, Goring and various leaders of the German Army. There is another alarming question: Is Hindenburg aware of such unlawful preparations, or is he simply too old and ill to know or care? What of his advisers? I will notify the British of the chemical gas production as soon as practicable. One can only assume that the British disposed of all chemical weapons per Geneva. They should be made aware of this madness.