Chemical warfare tests by the U.S. Army in the tropical jungle conditions of San Jose Island, Panama, during World War II. An animated map highlights San Jose Island in the Panama. An aerial view of San Jose covered with jungle. Eastern slope of the island shows large trees having high jungle canopy. Western side of the island shows bushes without large trees. A man walks through tangled bushes. A coastal area and tidal swamps on the island.
U.S. chemical warfare tests on San Jose Island, Panama during World War II. Close-up view of U.S. 6th Air Force B-25 Mitchell bomber flying low over islands near San Jose Island. More distant shot of formation of B-25 bombers in flight. A field located near San Jose shows a bomb dump. U.S. airmen load bombs on a bomber aircraft. A technical group consisting of U.S. NDRC (National Defense Research Committee) scientists, trained officers of United Kingdom's Army and Navy and U.S. Army Air Force officers attend a meeting in front of a chart.
A film titled 'The San Jose Project' gives an introduction of chemical warfare tests carried out by U.S. Army on San Jose Island, Panama during World War II. Film opens with scenes of U.S. troops battling Japanese on Pacific islands during World War II. Tank mounted flamethrower being used to burn Japanese from caves. Backpack style handheld flamethrower being used by U.S. Marine at mouth of a cave. A Japanese soldier emerges from a cave and is shot by American soldiers. Scene changes to China, where Chinese troops march near fields during the Sino-Japanese War before World War II. A wounded soldier carried by Chinese troops. Scene changes again to Mariana Islands during World War 2. Piles of bodies of Japanese civilians and soldiers at base of a cliff from which they jumped to commi suicide rather than be captured or killed by American forces. A Japanese civilian jumping off of a cliff. Japanese civilians at waters edge jumping into water.
U.S. Army personnel and equipment loaded aboard a ship in New Orleans, United States to carry out chemical warfare tests on San Jose Island, Panama during World War II. Test animals and equipment loaded aboard the ship. Men unload a barge loaded with equipment at San Jose Island beach. Trucks move inland. A camp area is leveled. Bulldozers operate at the camp area. A gas handling area is established. An aerial view of the camp.
Tests of non-persistent gas munitions during U.S. chemical warfare tests on San Jose Island, Panama during World War II. Tests of non-persistent gas on ship targets are carried out. A Japanese fleet underway at sea in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Exposed Japanese personnel aboard a ship and Japanese fleet maneuvers at sea help determine the losses of bomb attacks. Expansion of concentrated gas bomb exploding during testing on San Jose Island. A U.S. 6th Air Force bomber aircraft drops bombs on water to determine results. B-24 Liberator bombers in flight. Tests are carried out by dropping bombs over a stationary raft and a barge in water.
An introduction of chemical warfare tests to be carried out by the U.S. Army on San Jose Island, Panama during World War II . U.S. troops test chemical warfare in a jungle. Rocket artillery is fired. Rockets explode. U.S. Chief of Chemical Warfare General William N. Porter during an initial conference with two other U.S. officers in the United States. General Porter directs the establishment of tropical chemical warfare tests on San Jose Island. British, Canadian, U.S. Marine and U.S. Navy officers attend various conferences. U.S. NDRC (National Defense Research Committee) scientists and technicians in front of charts and various instruments. The technicians carry out chemical tests. A scientist during a laboratory testing. The technicians at various instruments in a jungle during a testing phase.