Anthrax Island

Gruinard Island Scotland, the site for British bio-weapon testing in 1942. The island was heavily contaminated with anthrax spores and was quarantened for nearly 50 years. This recently declassified 16mm colour footage shows the sheep being taken to the island, and restrained downwind of the weapon. British scientists concluded that a large scale release of anthrax spores would thoroughly pollute German cities, rendering them uninhabitable for decades afterwards. Bioweapons like Anthrax are have been nicknamed 'The poor man's atom bomb', being that they are cheap and relatively easy to produce. Experts on biological weapons have suggested that 100kg of anthrax sprayed on a major city could kill more than 3m people.

Loading...