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German City to Evacuate as 2-Ton Bomb Is Defused
Wall Street Journal ^ | 2 December 2011 | Vanessa Fuhrmans

Posted on 12/02/2011 10:15:52 PM PST by Racehorse

Nearly half the residents of the German city of Koblenz are being forced to leave their homes this weekend after the discovery of a 2-ton, unexploded World War II bomb, marking the biggest bomb-related evacuation in Germany's post-war history.

Some 45,000 residents of the Rhineland city—including those in a jail, two hospitals and several nursing homes and hotels—are under orders to evacuate by Sunday, when a bomb-disposal squad plans to defuse the 10-foot bomb dropped by British fliers, most likely in a 1944 bombing raid. Found lodged in the bed of the ebbing Rhine River earlier this week, the bomb has the explosive potential to create a crater 60 feet wide and 16 feet deep and demolish a city block, authorities said.

Six and a half decades since the end of World War II, undetonated aerial bombs from the war are still routinely discovered across Germany, relics of the Allies' nearly five-year bombing campaign aimed at crippling German industry and infrastructure and withering domestic support for Hitler's war. Roughly 2,000 tons of bombs, artillery shells and other World War II munitions are discovered in Germany every year, officials estimate, by construction workers, amateur diggers or even children at play.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: bomb; germany; koblenz; raf; unitedkingdom; worldwareleven; wwii

1 posted on 12/02/2011 10:16:04 PM PST by Racehorse
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To: Racehorse

Bush’s fault


2 posted on 12/02/2011 10:18:48 PM PST by Carthego delenda est
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To: Racehorse

Maybe Germany can export those to Greece instead of pledging yet more money.


3 posted on 12/02/2011 10:27:34 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Racehorse

First in - Someone set them up the bomb.


4 posted on 12/02/2011 10:30:47 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Racehorse

All silliness aside... I’d hate to be the EOD guys that have to go in and diffuse that bad boy. Old, unstable explosives are no fun. Sure, it probably won’t blow. But if it did... It would spoil the whole day.


5 posted on 12/02/2011 10:38:28 PM PST by Ramius (personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Ramius
If a team were working on it and it did go off...would they even know?
6 posted on 12/02/2011 10:50:10 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: BradyLS

only for a second. :-)


7 posted on 12/02/2011 11:25:54 PM PST by Ramius (?)
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To: Racehorse

8 posted on 12/02/2011 11:45:41 PM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: Racehorse

9 posted on 12/03/2011 12:14:35 AM PST by the_daug
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To: Racehorse

10 posted on 12/03/2011 12:14:51 AM PST by the_daug
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To: Ramius

In the mid-90s in Sasebo, construction crews working on a Saturday about 50 yards from my ship dug up a WWII 500 lb bomb. After the EOD team examined it, it turned out to have been a misfire (it had gone pop instead of boom) and the Japanese threw it in the back of a pickup and drove off to who knows where. Made for an interesting duty day.


11 posted on 12/03/2011 12:42:24 AM PST by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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To: Racehorse

6/7 November 1944

235 Lancasters and 7 Mosquitos of No 5 Group attempted to cut the Mittelland Canal at its junction with the Dortmund-Ems Canal at Gravenhorst. The marking force experienced great difficulty in finding the target. The crew of a low-flying Mosquito - pilot: Flight Lieutenant LCE De Vigne; navigator: Australian Squadron Leader FW Boyle, No 627 Squadron - found the canal and dropped their marker with such accuracy that it fell into the water and was extinguished. Only 31 aircraft bombed, before the Master Bomber ordered the raid to be abandoned. 10 Lancasters were lost.

128 Lancasters of No 3 Group to the new target of Koblenz, making a night G-H attack. 2 Lancasters lost. This was a successful raid with most of the damage being caused by a large area of fire in the centre of the town. The British Bombing Survey Unit later estimated that 303 acres, 58 per cent of the town's built-up area, were destroyed.

48 Mosquitos to Gelsenkirchen, 18 to Hannover, 11 to Rheine and 8 to Herford, 32 RCM sorties, 82 Mosquito patrols, 12 Lancasters minelaying off Heligoland. 4 aircraft lost - 1 Mosquito from the Gelsenkirchen raid, 2 Mosquito Intruders and 1 RCM Fortress.


12 posted on 12/03/2011 1:12:52 AM PST by wolficatZ (Somebody once wrote "Revenge is a dish that has to be eaten cold".)
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To: Racehorse

Prayers for those involved!


13 posted on 12/03/2011 1:19:31 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Carthego delenda est

What? Like Medicare Part D, CFR, No Child Left Behind...


14 posted on 12/03/2011 3:17:38 AM PST by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3e/Koblenz_1945.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b3/US-Luftangriff_Koblenz_19-09-1944.jpg


15 posted on 12/03/2011 4:38:45 AM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Racehorse.
...city of Koblenz... 2-ton, unexploded... 10-foot bomb dropped by British fliers... lodged in the bed of the ebbing Rhine River... Roughly 2,000 tons of bombs, artillery shells and other World War II munitions are discovered in Germany every year...
The RAF must have been trying destroy the bridges over the Rhine 3rd Army got there. :')


16 posted on 12/03/2011 4:41:58 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1569495/posts)
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-WWII-8X10-KOBLENZ-GERMAN-PRE-BOMBING-VIEW-LOOK-/250768064493
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/RARE-WWII-8X10-KOBLENZ-GERMAN-PRE-BOMBING-VIEW-LOOK-/07/!CErMTfgEWk~$(KGrHqEOKjsE0PnUfgcsBNSo+o662Q~~_3.JPG

http://www.ebay.com/itm/WW2-WWII-US-Army-Map-Germany-Koblenz-region-87th-INFANTRY-DIVISION-/250906424002
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17 posted on 12/03/2011 4:49:49 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1569495/posts)
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http://www.87thinfantrydivision.com/History/345th/Personal/000030.html
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18 posted on 12/03/2011 4:52:02 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1569495/posts)
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http://www.87thinfantrydivision.com/History/345th/Personal/000029.html


19 posted on 12/03/2011 4:58:56 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1569495/posts)
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To: GATOR NAVY

When my folks were stationed in Yokohama in the 1950s, bomb discoveries were almost a monthly event.


20 posted on 12/03/2011 4:59:44 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: wolficatZ

Nice find!


21 posted on 12/03/2011 5:51:48 AM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: Racehorse

Maybe they should evacuate Savannah and get that thing out of Wassaw Sound.


22 posted on 12/03/2011 6:00:37 AM PST by Savage Beast (History is not just cruel. It is witty. -Charles Krauthammer. The Left = Decadence. -cricket)
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To: Ramius

I have read that the French army keeps an EOD team on permanent assignment to the Verdun battlefield because of all the WW1 munitions that is found each year.


23 posted on 12/03/2011 7:00:26 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: justlurking
Off topic, but I love your tagline!

“The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun”

For those who don't know, Sgt. Munley is the woman called “mighty mouse” who, despite being barely five feet tall, put her own life at serious risk to open fire at the Fort Hood shooter, Islamofascist Maj. Nidal Hasan, and took him down despite suffering three bullet wounds.

http://articles.nydailynews.com/2009-11-06/news/17939998_1_nidal-malik-hasan-kimberly-munley-fort-hood

24 posted on 12/03/2011 8:17:18 AM PST by darrellmaurina
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To: Racehorse
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25 posted on 12/03/2011 11:17:39 AM PST by IYellAtMyTV (Je t'aime, faire du bruit comme le cochon.)
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To: darrellmaurina
"For those who don't know, Sgt. Munley is the woman called “mighty mouse” who, despite being barely five feet tall, put her own life at serious risk to open fire at the Fort Hood shooter, Islamofascist Maj. Nidal Hasan, and took him down despite suffering three bullet wounds. "

Brave woman, BUT, a head shot then a round in his cranium for Islamofascist (bu++ hummper) Nidal Hasan would have been better.

26 posted on 12/05/2011 12:08:07 PM PST by FW190
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To: Squantos

ping.


27 posted on 12/05/2011 12:14:23 PM PST by verity (The Obama Administration is a Criminal Enterprise.)
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