A Concealed War Crime: U.S. Anthrax Bombings of China During the Korean War

Jeffrey Kaye
18 min readOct 6, 2020
The Ptinus fur beetle, also known as the Whitemarked Spider Beetle, alleged to be used as an insect vector for delivery of anthrax spores during the Korean War (picture from the report of International Scientific Commission, 1952)

The following article provides shocking details and facts about the U.S. biological warfare campaign undertaken during the Korean War, and in particular, the use of anthrax as a biological weapon against China, which had entered the Korean War in late 1950.

Most of what has been published in the U.S. about this in subsequent years is