Skip to comments.Suspected World War II-era bomb detonates in Germany, killing one (13 more injured)
Posted on 01/03/2014 1:14:02 PM PST by Dave346Edited on 01/03/2014 2:19:43 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
A bulldozer struck what authorities believe was a World War II-era bomb in a western German town Friday afternoon, causing a blast that killed the bulldozer driver, injured 13 other people and damaged homes, police said.
The blast occurred at a rubble storage site in Euskirchen, Germany, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) southeast of Cologne, police spokesman Helmut Conrads said.
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Am I alone in wondering where the quality control was on bomb manufacturing back in the day?
If you’re going to build an explosive, it would seem that you’d want to be sure it was going to explode. I guess better late than early.
I’d hate to fly in an aircraft built by the bomb-making workers...
“Every year, disposal squads working for Germany’s states defuse or detonate some 5,000 World War II bombs.”
15 a day?
I thought he was in the Pacific theater................
Unexploded ordnance can and is found in many places including what was formerly Camp Callan in La Jolla, CA. The last time it happened there kids found something and told adults. Thankfully no one was injured or killed.
Belgium still has full time EOD teams clearing munitions from the First World War.
It was war.
Build them fast and in huge quantities...................
In any mass produced mechanical device, there will be a certain percentage that do not function.
We dropped many thousands of bombs and fired many thousands of artillery shells, if not millions.
Same with computers, there will be a certain percentage that are dead on arrival, it is just a matter of statistics and numbers.
Teddibly English. Strong silent types disarming big duds and delayed action bombs with trick fuses dreamed up by those cleverly fiendish NAZI swine.
BTW, farmer turned up a live one around Sharpsburg, MD. Army came and blew it on site. Not an unknown occurrence. Over in Euroland, farmers still turning up WWI duds by the hundreds and WWII stuff all the time.!
They still dig up WWI ammo in the fields of France, including some chem weapons shells.
Yes, you read that right.......WWI munitions.
I saw that series and really liked it. Also there was another British series called ‘Rumpole of the Bailey’ I think both were early ‘80’s. They were very well done.
I like your tagline. Did take me a second or two for complete comprehension though...
Considering the immensity of what was accomplished in a little more than 3 1/2 years I’d say these folks did a damned fine job.
One of the lecturers got up and said, "The first bomb is free" and I gasped, along with the audience. The guy went onto explain that there was an agreement between those two nations that if a major explosion on their soil took place, there wouldn't be an immediate knee-jerk retaliation.
He further explained that the Russians were doing some building outside Stalingrad, when a bulldozer uncovered a big unexploded shell. The military sent their EOD boys out to defuse it and were horrified at what they found. It seemed the bulldozer had uncovered a German ammo dump that had been buried before the surrender - to the amount of 20,000 tons - the equivalent of the first bomb we dropped on Japan. Had that bulldozer hit that bomb the wrong way, there would have been a similar explosion. Word got around and we ended making the "first bomb" agreement with the Russians.
Years later, I told that to my sister, who was a teacher of U.S. Military kids in Italy. She told me that one year they visited France and toured Verdun, which had just lost a couple of farmers who, while plowing, hitting some WWI ordnance and were blown up.
I understand a lot of those countries, including Vietnam and Laos, have the same problems with the millions of mines that were sown and forgotten.
Unexploded bombs were common in Japan though the 1960s.
Build them fast and in huge quantities. It didn’t matter if 10-15% didn’t go off.....................right away...............
Clarification, the title is "Danger UXB" and was broadcast on BBC in 1979 and on PBS' "Masterpiece Theater" in 1981. As I recall, it was a very well done series and highlighted the cat & mouse game between the German Bomb makers and the British Bomb Disposal units. At first, these were simply unexploded bombs (UXB) but as the Germans realized the terror factor value, specific bombs were dropped with time and other fusing to make them ever more dangerous. To my limited knowledge, this is not something that any of the Allied nations ever did!
Farmers in France are stlll being injured by shells fired during World War I.
A practice was to have bombs that did NOT go off and I’m sure there were some genuine duds . The enemy clean operations come around and “BOOM” more enemy are killed. It was done a lot in Southeast Asia with cluster bombs and is still practiced today. War sucks.
I found an unexploded shell once and hid it under my parent's house. One of my younger siblings ratted me out, and it was removed by the squad one day. I remember getting off the school bus and seeing their trucks parked at my house. I knew right then that I'd been found out.
I still don't know why Dad didn't give me one of his famous Tennessee butt whuppings for that. I should ask him.
Now that’s just cruel .. LOL
Heck, a friend of mine recently found a very rusty, but still loaded, 1851 Colt Navy cap 'n ball revolver from the Indian wars in the 1860s here in north-eastern California.
1 2 3 Not It! (Says the U.S.)
The tv news said the number was around 700 per year.
Never rendered safe a uxo with a dozer ...... Used an excavator or two on old M56 4000 pounders, lots of aerial butterfly’s in farmers fields, old grenades and many many forms of uxo from mines to artillery here and there..... Crazy how heat shock and friction can rear its ugly head 70 years or so later....
My guess as to what exact nomenclature was / is .....
Stay safe !!!
There are many variables that can lead to a bomb not exploding when it hits, manufacturing defects, armorer didn’t do the fuzing correctly, or the bomb landed in mud or soft ground and it didn’t explode. I remember walking the woods around Elsenborn Ridge in Belgium, near Malmedy, and finding a German 75mm shell laying on the ground. I just left it there. I did pick up the partly rusted spare barrel carrier for an MG 34 and brought it home as a souvenir.
Thanks for the ping. It may have had a secondary fuse.
Blown up, Sir!