Bodies and Structures 2.0: Deep-Mapping Modern East Asian History

Reported Incidents of Biological Warfare

To understand the disease geography of biological warfare, Việt Minh leaders needed to understand the biology of microbes. Accordingly they turned to information made available through their connections in China. Moreover they had to make detailed maps of the northern Vietnamese countryside. According to responses to surveys and other material received by the Committee to Prevent Germs from local authorities between April 1952 and March 1953, mostly from the local resistance committees (UBKCHC), the enemy launched:

Here is a breakdown by province and number of reported incidents of French airplanes supposedly dropping strange things. A map of these sites in the Việt Bắc is shown above.

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