Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

The Riddle of the Rhine; chemical strategy in peace and war   By:

Book cover

In "The Riddle of the Rhine: Chemical Strategy in Peace and War" by Victor Lefebure, readers are provided with a comprehensive and gripping account of the development and utilization of chemical warfare during World War I. Originally published in 1923, this book remains a significant historical resource that sheds light on the intricate and often horrifying strategies employed during this tumultuous time.

Lefebure's writing style is engaging and accessible, making the complex subject matter of chemical warfare approachable to a wide audience. He demonstrates a deep understanding of the science behind chemical agents and their devastating effects on the battlefield. Moreover, he masterfully interweaves technical details with captivating anecdotes and personal accounts, which elevate the book from a mere historical record to an absorbing narrative.

The book traces the origins of chemical warfare, from the initial use of chlorine gas at Ypres to the development and deployment of more advanced chemical agents like mustard gas and phosgene. Lefebure delves into the strategic reasoning behind each side's use of these weapons and the subsequent countermeasures employed to mitigate their impact. His analysis provides valuable insights into the military tactics and psychological impact of chemical attacks.

One of the book's standout features is its examination of the ethical and moral dilemmas posed by chemical warfare. Lefebure raises thought-provoking questions about the responsibility of nations, scientists, and soldiers in harnessing the destructive potential of chemical agents. He underscores the horrifying consequences of these weapons, both on the battlefield and for the civilian populations caught in the crossfire.

Despite some unavoidable limitations due to its original publication date, "The Riddle of the Rhine" remains an invaluable resource for those interested in the history of chemical warfare and its implications. Lefebure's meticulous research and unbiased approach ensure that readers receive a detailed and comprehensive account, free from overt biases or propagandist undertones.

However, it should be noted that the book lacks a modern perspective on the subject matter. The rapid technological advancements in chemical warfare since the book's original publication necessitate supplementary reading to understand its contemporary relevance fully. Nevertheless, as a foundational text, Lefebure's work sets the stage for further exploration in this field.

"The Riddle of the Rhine: Chemical Strategy in Peace and War" is an essential read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the history and impact of chemical warfare during World War I. Through skillful storytelling and meticulous research, Lefebure uncovers the grim reality of an aspect of warfare that has left an indelible mark on human history.

First Page:

"Emphasis" italics have a mark. [] footnotes moved to EOParagraphs but not renumbered. German spelling of words need to checked particularly!

Scanned by Charles Keller with OmniPage Professional OCR software

THE RIDDLE OF THE RHINE CHEMICAL STRATEGY IN PEACE AND WAR

An account of the critical struggle for power and for the decisive war initiative. The campaign fostered by the great Rhine factories, and the pressing problems which they represent. A matter of pre eminent public interest concerning the sincerity of disarmament, the future of warfare, and the stability of peace .

BY

VICTOR LEFEBURE Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Mil.) Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, Officer of the Crown of Italy Fellow of the Chemical Society, etc.

WITH A PREFACE BY MARSHAL FOCH

AND AN INTRODUCTION BY FIELD MARSHAL SIR HENRY WILSON, BART. Chief of the Imperial General Staff

THE CHEMICAL FOUNDATION, INC. 81 FULTON STREET NEW YORK CITY

Published, 1923, By THE CHEMICAL FOUNDATION, INC. All Rights Reserved

Printed in the United States of America

PREFACE

My motives in writing this book are sufficiently explained in the first chapter. The silence surrounding the true facts of the chemical campaign, the tardy realisation of the real forces behind it in Germany, and our failure to grasp the significance of the matter in the Treaty, all pointed to the need for an early statement... Continue reading book >>




eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book



Popular Genres
More Genres
Languages
Paid Books