Tag Archives: CBRN

Want some Mustard with that Shell?

For you CBRN/NBC/CBW fans, courtesy of High Caliber History: Drilling into a Mustard Gas Shell!

Filmed in 1918, soldiers in the AEF’s Chemical Warfare Service are taking apart a 155mm German shell filled with mustard gas by drilling into it.

The next time you think your job might be dangerous, be thankful that you’re not somewhere in France during World War I literally drilling into a poisonous mustard gas shell.

Just chillin with my .50 (and my M50)

U.S. Army Soldiers with 1st Brigade, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division conducting defensive operations during Swift Response 16 training exercise at the Hohenfels Training Area, a part of the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, in Hohenfels, Germany, Jun. 20, 2016.

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathaniel Nichols/Released)

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathaniel Nichols/Released)

Note there seems to be a good old fashioned CBRN drill going on, hence the paratrooper with his tripod mounted M2HB-QCB Browning heavy machine gun in 12.7mm (.50BMG) and his new-fangled M50 joint service general purpose mask, which replaced the older M40 a few years back.

The beercan-sized cage on the muzzle of ma deuce, held by a three-legged bracket is the blank firing adaptor. The adaptor reduces the muzzle size, slowing the escaping gasses and thus causing a recoil “kick” large enough to cycle the weapon. So if you ever see a M2 so equipped, the picture was taken during an exercise.

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathaniel Nichols/Released)

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathaniel Nichols/Released)

And, as this short-sleeved paratrooper above shows, Germany does get hot in June. Of course we can’t fault him for not being in a chem suit, but good luck getting a cheek-weld on that M4 (note yellow BFA) while wearing a mask. Still, it’s nice to see mono-pod grips being used more. They are hella useful.

CBRN Company sponsors Zombie run

Now Zombie Runs are the popular thing in the 5K world. All over the place you see these fun runs where particpants skedaddle away from the shambling dead. What is different about one in Athens Alabama is that it is being sponsored by the 1343rd Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense (often abbreviated to CBRN defense or CBRN) company– the type of unit that would be on the front line of any zombie outbreak.

Members of the chemical brigade for a local Army National Guard unit want to show they are ready for a zombie apocalypse, even if they have to create one themselves.



See this is how its all going to end


The Kiss Your Ass Goodbye award of the month goes to the good people who found the Time Capsule left from the Bellvue Hospital Medical College that had been just chilling in a cornerstone since 1897.

Thats 114 years to you and me…..Back when they called cars horseless-buggies, there was no professional sports other than bareknuckle boxing, and no one had heard of social security.

Well boys and girls, inside the time capsule was various papers, trinkets etc. (Elect McKinley President!) which is groovy. Put it in a display somewhere and tell the locals all about it with a plaque in the lobby of the new building.

What was also in the capsule, was “a test tube that had some bacterial spores in it that were gotten and cultured from a patient in 1896″

and according to the article on NYC’s CBS affiliate :  http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/10/07/time-capsule-found-at-former-bellevue-hospital-medical-college/

A nice microbiologist is going to open it and check them out….and is ” is trying to wake up those spores and grow them so they can study the organisms.”




These things have been in exile for a century. How can this be good? What if they are for a common cold that was around in 1896 that everyone had the anti-body for and it died out quietly. This cold, reintroduced to a population six generations removed, may be our time’s new black death, ready to clean the slate.

Sure I am most likely over-reacting, but what if im not?

Why couldn’t the good people who found it just quietly slipped the test tube into a furnace somewhere.

Oh well, see you in the funny papers