fountainhead wrote:Is there any reason this technically couldn't work? I mean, to me, an amateur revisionist, it seems this is at least more plausible than the 'diesel gas wagons'.
Although technically feasible, it does seem incongruous with the supposed mass killing on an industrial scale, carried out by a nation highly advanced in contemporary chemistry and engineering. If Hydrogen Cyanide was the killing method in gas vans, maybe by heating the crystals using hot exhaust gasses, then what was the procedure for safely venting the gas from the killing compartment after the operation, and how was the drivers compartment specially sealed against highly dangerous gas leaks? Where are the blueprints of the prototypes, prior to mass production, and the documentation on their operation?
As has been stated before, if the Germans wanted to efficiently kill using gas vans, using Carbon Monoxide gas, they had large numbers of highly efficient CO producing "Gas Vans" in the form of all their civilian vehicles converted to run off wood gas. These would not require large measures in the way of sealing, post operation venting etc, to make the killing procedure safe for the operators, since CO is far less hazardous than Hydrogen Cyanide.
If efficient, fast mass killing was desired, why did the Reich not use the highly efficient nerve agent Tabun, of which they had produced 12,500 tons by the end of WW2, but never used, instead of adapting the insecticide normally used for delousing operations? This also begs the question of why the Third Reich would use so many differing haphazard methods of killing if the required outcome was the efficient large scale extermination of the undesirable segment of their population.