White phosphorus (White Phosphorus, WP)
Easy contact with air is enough to do it ignite.It burns unquenchable, and hot enough to melt the barrel of a cannon. It sticks to your clothes and skin, making the creepy white flames all the time to first pass through your tissue, and then through your bones to scorch. You can only watch helpless while you are undergoing the most horrible pains. During the burn, the WP splashes so that it will stay behind you if you missed the explosion. And at all that makes it a hels, hissing sound. If you survive this somehow, it will still get you, because a minute amount in the blood stream – as for example by breathing in the vapors – can be fatal within the hour.
White phosphorus was first widely used during D-Day, by Allied fighter-bombers.Their WP-rockets pushed every now and then by observation slots and bombardment damage German bunkers inside. The bunker crews came to their end in the most horrific way. Some were fortunate to have been killed by their own, in the heat exploding ammunition.
Cynical enough appears exploding white phosphorus on innocent fireworks.
That is useful to avoid the negative press attention that has been more apocalyptically similar but has suffered less lethal cousin Napalm during the Vietnam War (the photo is by the WAY a WP attack in Vietnam).Hopefully you will no longer be led to the garden when you see the next time on CNN to spray such a beautiful fireworks fountain.
White phosphorus is classified as an ignition weapon.This means that its use – contrary to the use of chemical weapons, which is completely forbidden by The Geneva Protocol – is only In certain situations (UN protocol on Ignition Weapons).Some countries (such as Iran, Egypt, Syria, and Israel) have not even signed that last protocol.
(Consequences of a WP attack on a “military target in undeveloped territory”, as permitted by the UN Protocol) (First wave War)
This brings us to perhaps the most disturbing trait of white phosphorus, namely that in many situations its use is completely legal . So, contrary to the more obvious answers to this question (chemical and nuclear weapons), it is regularly used.
PS: I learned to know this horrible weapon in reading testimonies of German soldiers in “D-Day through German Eyes” (2015, Holger Eckhertz).
Some passages are difficult to digest (just like the picture above by the way.In case the words were not fully passed. I apologize if he caused any inconvenience). In retrospect I have deepened in WP.
I think anyway that you can’t really get to the hydrogen bomb (with the 50/57 megaton Tsar Bomba as heaviest, see GIF image) can go, how very some other weapons are too…
Perhaps in particular the neutron bomb, the type of hydrogen bomb that is ‘ tactically ‘ intended (officially ‘ was ‘) and where most radiation is released in the form of neutrons (to eliminate mainly army units and electronics, without too much Civilian casualties).The advantage is that the radioactive radiation that remains is much smaller, but because neutrons have a much stronger penetrating ability, you can practically not protect yourself from it, resulting in a particularly horrific death for all life that is Within the impact zone. It is, incidentally, an illusion that houses and buildings just remain. In the vicinity of the explosion, simply everything is destroyed. The radiation only extends much further, leaving outside the explosion area relatively little damage, while still everything is killed (or IIg severely injured).