Introduction - Sound of Death
by Lawrence Tierney
During the period of the Cold War, most countries spent huge amounts of money on research and development for a wide range of weapons, all with a view to defending themselves against the possibility of invasion. These weapons included the reasonably well known types in the fields of nuclear and chemical warfare, but there were other types of weapons developed that were not so well known. Some of these weapons were so unusual and advanced as to be almost in the realms of science fiction; fortunately very few of them advanced beyond the drawing board. However, one device did go beyond the drawing board stage.
In France, during 1957, against the background of international tension, fear and distrust caused by the Cold War, Dr. Vladimir Gavreau assembled a team of researchers to look into the development of remote control systems and robotics. This group of scientists was given a large building to use for their experiments and almost from the time they moved in, they all suffered from varying degrees of nausea.
To the amazement of Dr. Gavreau and his team, the cause of their sickness was eventually found to be a large ventilator fan driven by a low speed motor that vibrated because it had not been firmly fixed onto its mountings. At first the researchers thought that the nausea might have been caused by a gas or something similar given off by the oil in the motor. However, they eventually realized that the nausea was actually brought about by very low frequency sound, a frequency so low that it was outside of the human hearing range. They also realized that the nausea was actually caused by the frequency pulses or vibrations rather than the sound which they couldn't hear. These and other findings eventually convinced Dr. Gavreau that they had found a way of producing an absolutely new and totally unexpected weapon. The researchers were soon committing all of their time on the development of this new 'infrasonic' weapon, 'infrasonic or infrasound' being the name given to this type of very, very low frequency.
Like all researchers who investigate the unknown, Dr. Gavreau and his team had some very lucky escapes during their early experiments. For instance, on one occasion the frequency generated was between three and seven cycles per second, and although the researchers could not hear it they very quickly became aware of its effects. They reported the sensation as similar to their bodies being put under tremendous pressure, both internally and externally, followed by pain in their eyes and ears. However even more frightening, at that time, were the effects that occurred after the 'infrasonic generator' had been working for a short time. The ground shook almost like an earthquake, and the 'infrasonic generator', which was encased in concrete, and the building that housed it collapsed. Only the quick thinking of one of the researchers, who managed to switch off the power, saved the researchers from possible death and the destruction of all the buildings. On another occasion, the 'infrasonic generator' was sealed into a concrete block and concrete baffle blocks were placed around the output pipe. The device was switched on, and even though the power output was very small, it still broke out of its concrete seal and smashed the baffles. During a different experiment the infrasonic generator even managed to shake quite a large triangular shaped wedge of Marseilles, and all of this without a sound being heard.
Although the 'infrasonic sound' was directional, the beam actually spread out in a fan shape and radiated out all around the weapon. This meant that the only way it could be operated with any safety was by remote control. But if the remote vehicle broke down for any reason, or if control of the vehicle transporting the gun was lost, the results could be catastrophic to friends as well as enemies and whoever was operating the weapon. During various trials the weapon reportedly blew up tanks and various other armored weapons without any difficulty.
The effects of the 'infrasonic generator' on the researchers during these experiments included eyesight and hearing problems, internal organs suffering from painful spasms, and it appeared to immobilize anyone caught in its effects. Normal physical activity could be impaired sometimes for days rather than hours. The findings of the team concerning the effects on the human body caused by infrasonic sound in the range of between one and ten cycles per second read like something from a science fiction novel.
Fortunately for the researchers, during most of these experiments the output power of the 'infrasonic generator' was very small, so the results of the accidents were not usually fatal. This convinced Dr. Gavreau and his colleagues that the 'infrasonic generator' had been proven as a potential weapon, silent and deadly and of truly horrific and devastating power!
The French authorities issued statements to the effect that Dr. Gavreau was not working on a weapons system, but the patents that were registered tend to suggest that the French statements were perhaps little more than a smoke screen.
The work of Dr. Vladimir Gavreau is quite well documented and information regarding some of his work is readily available on the Internet.
During the later part of the 20th century, Very Very Low Frequency Sound has apparently also been used for a number of different military applications. Possibly the best known of these applications is its use to track the modern quiet nuclear submarines, using infrasonic sound as a type of Sonar or Asdic. Infrasonic pulses can be transmitted over hundreds or perhaps thousands of miles in water from land based sites. Although it is apparently considered by some of the Green organizations that the experiments using infrasonic sound have been the cause of the disorientation and death of some whales and other sea life.
Apart from the above generalization, this book is a work of fiction, and to the best of the author's knowledge bears no relationship to any experiments carried out by any country.
Copyright (c)2002 Lawrence Tierney. All rights reserved.