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Category: History

A History of Biological and Chemical Warfare

9 Bonus Episode: ’The Polish Retort’ with Robert Petersen

June 6, 2022

During World War II, the Polish resistance movement used chemical and biological weapons (CBW) against the Third Reich. The use of CBW against the Third Reich most likely originated in a secret Polish biological-weapons program, which existed in the 1930s and went underground after the September 1939 German invasion. Between 1940 and 1942, a unit of the Polish resistance movement named WKZO (Wielkopolskie Kierownictwo Związku Odwetu—the Greater Poland Leadership of the Union of Retaliation) conducted CBW sabotage in the German-annexed area Reichsgau Wartheland and its main city Posen (today’s Poznań).  In this episode we examine this group with Robert Peterson. 


You can find Robert's paper on the subject here:  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10736700.2020.1866321 


sound clip credit: https://youtu.be/pw2PenZYBuw