- 400 B.C. - Scythian
- Many fantasy movies that contain archers probably show archers putting poison on the arrow. Well in 400 B.C. Scythian archers put something like poison on their arrows. Their arrows were dipped into bacteria infested fluids from decomposing bodies and blood mixed with manure.
- 300 B.C. - Persian, Greek, and Roman Literature
- Quotes from ancient literature show that wells and other water supplies were contaminated with dead animals. Because dead animals develop harmful bacteria and even some that could be deadly to humans, putting dead animals into wells is considered a biological weapon.
- 1100's - Poison the wells!!
- Again, there is a repeat in biological weapon use. Dead bodies were thrown into the wells of the enemy in order to poison them. This occured during the battle of Tortona by Barbarossa. Dead bodies were an effective biological weapon at the time. Now, due to our knowledge in science, we know that decaying bodies develop deadly bacterias, however back in history such knowledge was not known, yet they were able to discover that "dead bodies + well = poisoned enemy".
- 1700's - French and Indian War
- Throwing dead corpses or using bacteria from dead corpses seemed to be the most popular biological weapon. However, as time pased other methods were developed. During the French and Indian War, British forces gave blankets to the Native Americans. This seemingly kind act was actually a disguised plan to spread small pox among the natives. This was accomplished because the blankets were used by victims of small pox and thus the blankets carried the small pox disease.
First Weapons of Mass Destruction
First thing that must be coming to your mind is "There were weapons of mass destruction in 6th century B.C.?" And with the response we'd give you, you'd respond by saying, "Yeah right!" Of course we cannot force you to believe in what we are saying so why not explain in depth how this is actually possible.
Now do you believe that biological warfare, which is categorized under weapons of mass destruction, could actually exist in 6th century B.C.? This information might be shocking to some and some may feel this does not cause much destruction. However, you must realize that such warfare is destructive to the human race and can still be considered under the term "weapons of mass destruction".
It is not new news!
As you can see biological warfare has existed for a long time. It isn't new to this world and with many conflicts in the past, you could bet a nuclear bomb that there was a lot of biological warfare going on as a strategy to overcome the enemies. Now take a glimpse at the following few events showing you how biological warfare has progressed through time. And how it can be considered the first weapon of mass destruction. It only covers some of the many events in time when biological warfare was present.
- "Biological Warfare." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 24 Apr 2006, 21:38 UTC. 7 May 2006, 07:20
- eMedicine Health. Biological Warfare, History of Biological Warfare. 20 March 2006. <http://www.emedicinehealth.com/articles/15704-1.asp>