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WWII: 2nd December 1943: Hell On Bari

The port of the Italian city Bari has an enormous strategic importance for the Allied forces in World War Two. In the early evening of the 2nd December 1943 a German bombing raid hit the port of Bari. A large number of ships were hit, explosions shock the city and burning fuel from a broken pipeline spills into the harbor area. As this wasn’t terrible enough, the Liberty ship John Harvey, carrying a secret cargo of 2,000 mustard gas bombs, explodes. Only a few people know about this secret cargo that was maintained to be used in retaliation for any such German attack. While the cargo of the John Harvey is top secret, the medical staff had no idea what they are dealing with. Was everything possible done to save the victims, or were they sacrificed for military secrecy? At the end of the war, an Australian newspaper prints a rumour about British soldiers killed by mustard gas in Bari. It is the only glimpse of the truth leaked to the public. Then, for decades, nothing more.

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