Several small bakelite boxes taken from German prisoners in Libya were
labelled "HAUTENTGIFTUNGSMITTEL" and contained ten small tablets. Upon
analysis the tablets were found to be stabilised bleach, with an available chlorine
content of 39.8 percent. These were identical with tablets found on German
prisoners in Europe. They are referred to in German as "Losantin." Each box
had ten tablets, and the normal issue is reported to be two boxes per man. The
method of use for treating skin contaminated by blister gas, is printed on the
label, and consists of making a tablet into a paste with water or saliva which is
then applied to the affected part. After ten minutes it is washed or wiped off. The
example of the incautious experimenter who ate several tablets under the
impression that he was eating "Nazi food tablets" should NOT be followed.
It has been reliably reported that tablets of bleaching powder are distributed to
workmen in all large German factories for skin application against the effect of
mustard gas and lewisite. (See Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 1, p. 8.) A sample
tablet was examined, with a label attached, bearing the
inscription "CHLORKALKSTIFT D" (bleach pencil D).
This tablet was found to consist of bleaching powder which had undergone
extensive decomposition through exposure. However, it would still provide
slight beneficial effect on contaminated skin, though it is definitely inferior to
the "losantin" tablets (see above) in bakelite containers issued by the Germans.