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4,000-Pound, World War II Bomb Forces Mass Evacuation in Germany
CBS News ^ | November 3, 2013

Posted on 11/03/2013 3:20:47 PM PST by nickcarraway

German authorities safely defused a huge bomb left over from World War II after evacuating large parts of the western city of Dortmund on Sunday.

More than 20,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Dortmund as authorities prepared to take action following the bomb's discovery.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany
KEYWORDS: dortmund; germany; ordinance; worldwareleven; worldwarii

1 posted on 11/03/2013 3:20:48 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

This is a great time for Barry and Christie to get over there and walk through the town arm in arm. Barry can shake his Nobel “Peace” Prize medal over the bomb and then run around it three times in a clockwise direction. Magic!


2 posted on 11/03/2013 3:23:33 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (All your health decisions should be between a provider bean counter and the IRS - Obama)
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To: nickcarraway

If it weren’t for the war, these ingrates would be speaking German now.


3 posted on 11/03/2013 3:24:05 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: nickcarraway

The bomb outlived Bomber Harris.


4 posted on 11/03/2013 3:24:36 PM PST by MUDDOG
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To: nickcarraway
Other than Pearl Harbor (and Hawaii wasn't even a state at the time), has the United States ever had bombs dropped on it by enemy aircraft?

I don't think 9/11 technically counts as our own airplanes were used as bombs.

5 posted on 11/03/2013 3:25:27 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: null and void

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/saywhat.wav


6 posted on 11/03/2013 3:26:39 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: MUDDOG
The bomb outlived Bomber Harris.

Lucky bomb, he'd probably be ticked it didn't blow a bunch of Jerries to smithereens.

7 posted on 11/03/2013 3:27:41 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: SamAdams76

It think only if you count the Japanese balloon bombs.


8 posted on 11/03/2013 3:28:26 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: SamAdams76

Maybe during the Aleutian campaign during WW2. And then there were those balloon-bombs the Japanese experimented with . . . and supposedly the Nazis were working on a long-range bomber but never fielded it.


9 posted on 11/03/2013 3:30:04 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: BenLurkin

};^P>


10 posted on 11/03/2013 3:30:38 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: SamAdams76

In addition to the balloon bombs mentioned Japan bombed the Oregon coast twice with bombs dropped from a plane assembled and launched from a submarine. They hoped to start forest fires that would terrorize the nation but didn’t take the soggy Oregon forest into proper consideration.


11 posted on 11/03/2013 3:33:12 PM PST by FourtySeven (47)
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To: null and void

Nah...they’d probably be speaking Austrian.


12 posted on 11/03/2013 3:37:22 PM PST by driftless2
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To: MUDDOG

Danger, UXB.


13 posted on 11/03/2013 3:37:54 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

I wouldn’t trust that thing even after they de-fuzed it.

If it hadn’t ‘sploded yet, it probly never will. But I could be wrong.


14 posted on 11/03/2013 3:39:07 PM PST by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: driftless2
Nah...they’d probably be speaking Austrian.

Farci

15 posted on 11/03/2013 3:41:58 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: driftless2
*ouch* Much better. Germany didn't spike and fall until it had a foreign-born leader.

Good thing that would never happen here...

16 posted on 11/03/2013 3:42:49 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: null and void

LOL!!!


17 posted on 11/03/2013 3:43:03 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: dfwgator

I never saw that show. I did like some of the other British PBS imports.


18 posted on 11/03/2013 3:44:05 PM PST by MUDDOG
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To: nickcarraway
Shhh! These blockbuster bombs don't go off
unless you hit them juuuuuuuuust right.


19 posted on 11/03/2013 3:45:52 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: zot

The 1942-45 RAF/USAAF urban redevelopment plan for Germany still producing results.


20 posted on 11/03/2013 3:45:56 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: GreyFriar

21 posted on 11/03/2013 3:51:29 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: nickcarraway

NIMBY!


22 posted on 11/03/2013 3:59:45 PM PST by ransomnote
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To: nickcarraway

Special delivery—it’s a beumb.


23 posted on 11/03/2013 4:26:07 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: nickcarraway
The article said they defused it.

I have to wonder, the threads had to be quite corroded after all this time. I would not want the job of getting an old possible armed fuse loose from the fuse well.

24 posted on 11/03/2013 4:27:48 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: tumblindice

25 posted on 11/03/2013 4:29:04 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: null and void

Isn’t that from a Quatermass film?


26 posted on 11/03/2013 4:32:50 PM PST by Thorliveshere (I wish I lived in Texas.)
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To: nickcarraway

I think those British 4,000 pounders were used in conjunction with incendiaries. Incendiaries didn’t perform well against tile roofs and brick walls. The blockbuster would open up a large area of structures for the incendiaries to fall into and ignite the flammable rubble and exposed interiors of remaining structures.


27 posted on 11/03/2013 4:39:28 PM PST by fso301
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To: doorgunner69

Don’t spoil it Kroil it!


28 posted on 11/03/2013 5:06:50 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: Thorliveshere

Yes, it’s the “UXB” at Hobbes End in Quartermass and the Pit (AKA Five Milllion Years to Earth)


29 posted on 11/03/2013 5:08:20 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: null and void

That stuff is awesome.


30 posted on 11/03/2013 5:09:39 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks nickcarraway.

http://www.angelfire.com/ct/ww2europe/stats.html

...80% of Soviet males born in 1923 didn’t survive WWII

...12,000 heavy bombers were shot down in WWII

...Between 1939 and 1945 the Allies dropped 3.4 million tons of bombs... [avg] 27,700 tons of bombs a month

...Over 100,000 Allied bomber crewmen were killed over Europe

http://www.wwiifoundation.org/our-mission/wwii-facts-figures/wwii-aircraft-facts/

On average 6600 American service men died per MONTH, during WWII (about 220 a day).

276,000 aircraft manufactured in the US .
43,000 planes lost overseas, including 23,000 in combat.
14,000 lost in the continental U.S.


31 posted on 11/03/2013 5:15:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: null and void

The USA would be speaking German right now if the Obama Administration had been in power during those times, overseeing the planning of D-Day!

We’d have been beaten back at Normandy in spite of having the greatest fighting force on EARTH assembled against our enemies.

Obama is Clinton II, and all they touch is damned.


32 posted on 11/03/2013 5:23:55 PM PST by Husker8877
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To: SamAdams76

“Other than Pearl Harbor (and Hawaii wasn’t even a state at the time), has the United States ever had bombs dropped on it by enemy aircraft? ...”

Guam, the southernmost island of the Marianas chain (then a US territory under USN administration) was occupied, as was Wake Island.

Dutch Harbor (Aleutian Islands) came under air attack in 1942, just before Japanese forces occupied the islands of Attu and Kiska, further west along the chain.

Submarines of the Imperial Japanese Navy shelled spots on the California coast, and a coast defense installation near the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon.

Floatplanes launched from submarines may have attempted to strike targets along the west coast of CONUS and Canada, but the record isn’t clear about what actually happened.

http://www.cdsg.org/


33 posted on 11/03/2013 5:24:19 PM PST by schurmann
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To: nickcarraway

Did they even make 4000 lb bombs?


34 posted on 11/03/2013 5:25:27 PM PST by PGR88
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To: Husker8877
Nahhh, Half of us would be speaking Japanese.

Just like in the book...


35 posted on 11/03/2013 5:28:22 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: PGR88

Yes, and so much more...

Tallboy: 12,000 lbs ttl, 5,200 lbs explosive filler
Grand Slam: 22,000 lbs ttl, 9,136 lbs explosive filler


36 posted on 11/03/2013 5:36:07 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: null and void
"...If it weren’t for the war, these ingrates would be speaking German now..."

1) BMW Gmbh, conducts its board meetings in English.

2) The Japanese pilot who bombed Oregon from a aircraft assembled aboard a Japanese submarine offered his sword after the war: the sword is on display in an Oregon war museum.

37 posted on 11/03/2013 6:12:36 PM PST by Does so (Soon, we'll be looking like Detroit.)
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To: GreyFriar
The 1942-45 RAF/USAAF urban redevelopment plan for Germany still producing results.

It is a good thing this 4,000 pound bomb didn't produce urban redevelopment as abruptly as most of its kin.

38 posted on 11/03/2013 6:49:01 PM PST by zot
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To: nickcarraway

Lots of bombs still to be found.

10 years ago or so a guy was killed working on the Autobahn. The were widening a strech of road and his construction vehicle set one off.


39 posted on 11/03/2013 6:51:16 PM PST by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: GreyFriar
The 1942-45 RAF/USAAF urban redevelopment plan for Germany still producing results.

Took a tour in Exeter, England and the guide used those exact words to explain the reason for all the crappy new architecture.

40 posted on 11/03/2013 7:01:15 PM PST by Stentor
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To: SamAdams76

We have had nukes dropped by friendly aircraft. One nuke was dropped near Savannah, GA and another in NC. Of course neither detonated.


41 posted on 11/03/2013 7:02:35 PM PST by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: SamAdams76
June 3, 1942: Japanese carrier-borne aircraft flew out of the Aleutian fog and bombed the American installations at Dutch Harbor on the island of Unalaska.

June 20, 1942: a Japanese submarine, I-26, torpedoed a Canadian lumber ship off Cape Flattery and shelled a telegraph station on Vancouver Island. The next day it bombarded the naval base at Astoria, Oregon...three days later, Fort Stevens was shelled.

February 4, 1943: American P-40's strafe Japanese installations on Kiska, while five of Japan's bombers attacked American positions on Amchitka.

By November 1944, almost in a cruel and desperate afterthought to what seemed to be a lost cause, balloons launched from Japan and carrying explosive and incendiary bombs began to drift east on the jet stream to the United States. Once again, the goal was to start forest fires and wreak devastation. On December 6 after a "mysterious explosion" in Wyoming, officials found balloon parts and bomb casing fragments from what had been a 33 pound high explosive bomb. During the course of the next several months, Japan launched over 9,000 balloon bombs resulting in over 342 incidents registered throughout western United States and Canada. Oregon alone counted 45 balloon incidents. While they varied in size and design, many of the balloons measured about 100 feet in circumference and about 33 feet in diameter. The ingenious design helped them drift along the newly discovered fast moving jet stream at an average elevation of 30,000 feet.

The most tragic incident involving balloon bombs also found a place in history as yielding the only deaths due to enemy action on mainland America during World War II. The events unfolded on May 5, 1945 as a pastor and his wife took five children for a picnic on a beautiful spring day east of Bly. As Reverend Archie Mitchell parked the car, he heard his pregnant wife, Elsye, call out: "Look what I found, dear." One of the children tried to remove the balloon from a tree and triggered the bomb. The force of the blast immediately filled the air with dust, pine needles, twigs, branches, and dead logs. The mangled bodies of Elsye and the children were strewn around a crater that was three feet wide and one foot deep. Elsye lived briefly but most of the children died instantly.


42 posted on 11/03/2013 7:25:47 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: nickcarraway

I’d like to think my uncle dropped it, but it’s too big to have been dropped from a B-25. The Krauts killed him on his 23rd birthday in 1943.


43 posted on 11/03/2013 8:23:42 PM PST by Spok ("What're you going to believe-me or your own eyes?" -Marx (Groucho))
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