New documentary sheds light on Canadian WWII anthrax program

A new documentary film aired by Radio-Canada depicted the operations of a top secret biological weapons lab in Canada during World War II, according to an wire report.

Canadian scientists produced massive amounts of anthrax in 1943 for the fabrication of biological bombs for the Allies on Grosse-Ile, a tiny island in the St. Lawrence Seaway, according to the filmmakers.

Filmmakers Vincent Frigon and Yves Bernard speculated that the operation, code-named Project N, was one of three great secrets of the war, rivaling the development of the atom bomb and the Allies cracking German signal codes.

At the time, according to the filmmakers, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill wanted to obtain 500,000 anthrax bombs as part of a massive biological offensive against Germany.

After several accidents, though, the lab was closed and the operation was moved to the U.S., but not before producing approximately 70 billion doses of anthrax, which was roughly enough to wipe out the world’s population 30 times over, the wire report stated.

Ultimately, only 5,000 anthrax bombs were sent to England before the end of the war.

Film researcher Thomas Stovall said, “The (leftover) batches were mixed with solvents, left to sit for awhile and then dumped at the bottom of the Saint Lawrence seaway.”