H5M 158 | Churchill’s “Operation Vegetarian”

December 5, 2016

Books, Podcast

Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast.

Winston Churchill was not afraid to get his hands dirty. He was perfectly happy to consider chemical warfare against the Axis powers. One plan involved turning an entire island into vegetarians. What did this plot mean, and how would he enact it?

Giles explains many things in this episode, such as:

  • What exactly was “Operation Vegetarian”?
  • What was the result of this experiment?
  • How did the development of the Atomic bomb change Churchill’s strategy?
  • What ever came of Gruinard Island?


This episode is based on a selection from an incredible new book by Giles.

Get a copy of ¬†Giles’s new book When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History’s Unknown Chapters.¬†You can get it by clicking here.

About Michael Rank

Michael writes history books on dictators, the Middle East, and insane rulers, not necessarily in that order. He lives somewhere between Europe and Asia (literally)

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