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Gerald Bull, a Canadian engineer and arms dealer, was assassinated on March 22, 1990.


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On March 22, 1990, l Canadian engineer Gerald Bull was assassinated in Belgium. This crime, still unsolved, adds a layer of mystery to the life and work of this brilliant scientist whose activities nevertheless sowed their share of controversies, as highlighted in our archives.

A major Canadian arms designer and trader, Gerald Bull, was killed today in Brussels. […] The first elements of the investigation lead the Belgian police to accept, for the moment, the hypothesis of a professional attack.

A quote from Charles Tisseyre, March 23, 1990

< p class="StyledImageCaptionLegend-sc-57496c44-2 sbxsP">Report by journalist Normand Lester on the assassination of Gerald Bull.

At the beginning in the spring of 1990, the host of Téléjournal announced to his viewers the assassination in the Belgian capital of a Canadian that few people in the general public knew.

This, however, is not the case in the intelligence and military spheres around the world.

In these circles, Gerald Bull is a celebrity both admired and disturbing.

These very divergent assessments can be understood when listening to the account report by journalist Normand Lester following Charles Tisseyre's presentation.

The journalist describes Gerald Bull as an inventor of genius ballistic equipment.

By For example, during the 1980-1988 Iraq-Iran War, the G5 cannons used by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and the Ayatollah regime, which were manufactured by Gerald Bull, were the most formidable.

The robustness and range of Gerald Bull's guns were superior to comparable American and Soviet artillery pieces of the time, says Normand Lester.

Since As a child, Gerald Bull dreamed of building cannons.

< p class="StyledImageCaptionLegend-sc-57496c44-2 sbxsP">Report by journalist Yvon Leblanc on Gerald Bull's ballistic research in Barbados

At the beginning In the 1960s, he was a professor at the Space Research Institute of McGill University in Montreal.

It is in these functions, as journalist Yvon Leblanc recalls on the program Canada express on May 25, 1967, that the engineer Gerald Bull tests, in Barbados, a cannon capable of sending rockets into the upper atmosphere to carry out scientific missions.

< p class="StyledImageCaptionLegend-sc-57496c44-2 sbxsP">Extract from a report by journalist Pierre Nadeau with Gerald Bull filmed in Highwater, in the Eastern Townships

Nine years after Yvon Leblanc's report, it is the turn of journalist Pierre Nadeau to meet Gerald Bull in Highwater, in the Eastern Townships, for a report that he presents at the 'broadcastLes beaux Dimanches from May 2, 1976.

In this extract appears a Gerald Bull who explains both his work on cannons as well as the advantages and possible applications of these in the future as ballistic material delivery systems.

His research is mainly of the order of practical or theoretical studies, Gerald Bull told Pierre Nadeau.

However, the Canadian Department of Defense, the Pentagon and other armies around the world are keenly interested in his work.< /p>

The Canadian and American military also finance its activities.

Arms experts believe that the arsenal of cannons developed by Canadian Gerald Bull, and which is in the hands of Iraq, poses a serious threat to the Multinational Force deployed in the Persian Gulf.

A quote from Charles Tisseyre

Scientific research, however, did not remain the only facet of Gerald Bull's activities.

Funded in particular by Israel and South Africa, its ballistic work is shaking up the military and geostrategic universe of part of the planet.

C It was thanks to Gerald Bull's G5 guns that South Africa became a major arms exporter in the 1980s.

Gerald Bull gradually transforms into a large-scale arms dealer.

Some critics even describe him as a soulless mercenary who sows death.

To At the end of November 1990, a coalition of nations faced Saddam Hussein's Iraq during the first Gulf War.

< p class="StyledImageCaptionLegend-sc-57496c44-2 sbxsP">Report by journalist Normand Lester on the presence of Gerald Bull's ballistic inventions in the military arsenal of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein

On November 30, 1990, viewers of Téléjournallearn, from the host Charles Tisseyre and the journalist Normand Lester, the important and worrying presence of weapons designed by Gerald Bull in the arsenal of the Iraqi dictator.

Western intelligence services then believe in the existence of supercannons which would be placed in northern Iraq and whose range would threaten a large part of the Middle East.

More certainly, Iraq has very sophisticated G5 cannons and self-propelled cannons.

These weapons would still be superior to American weapons and comparable Soviet forces at the time.

An expert interviewed by Normand Lester, Edward Luttwak, believes that American soldiers have never fought against an adversary also well equipped.

This portrait of Gerald Bull as a mercenary and disruptor of the world balance is not, however, shared by everyone.

< p class="StyledImageCaptionLegend-sc-57496c44-2 sbxsP">Excerpt from a report by journalist Anne-Marie Dussault on the activities of Gerald Bull as an arms dealer

This is indeed another point of view that the journalist Anne-Marie Dussault makes us discover in a report presented on the programLe Point on February 7, 1991.

It describes a Gerald Bull who was very popular in what was then called the Third World.

Several people interviewed by Anne-Marie Dussault also emphasize that her work was approved by Washington.

Should we remind you of this?

Before the first Gulf War of 1990-1991, Washington supported Saddam Hussein, particularly against Iran.

In 2003, a Brussels newspaper claimed that it knew who killed Gerald Bull.

It was believed to be a secret service agent Israeli forces, the Mossad, which would have acted under the orders of the Prime Minister of Israel at the time, Yitzhak Shamir.

The supercannon that the engineer for Saddam Hussein directly threatened Israeli territory.

This revelation has been neither confirmed nor denied until now.

Other hypotheses are still circulating.

In August 2023, the cartoonist Philippe Girard published < em>Supercanon! – The Arms Dealer Who Aimed for the Stars, which recounts, in a fictionalized way, the life of Gerald Bull.

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