That'll teach 'em to bomb our chippy.

#2
The article cites that approx 2,000 tonnes of bombage are found in the area each year... That is quite a lot of UXO.

Bearing in mind that Dresden was flattened by four raids, totalling 1300 droppers, dropping 3900 tons of bombs.
 

Legs

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#5
Rather a lot of ours failed to go bang as intended.
I was told by one old Bomber Command Airman some years ago, that some bombs were deliberate duds, whilst others had long (hours or days type long) fuses. This was so that the authorities would have the added difficulty of clearing UXOs as well as rescue and recovery efforts.
 

the_boy_syrup

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#6
A lesson learned funny enough from the Germans.
A lot of Bomber Command tactcs were learned after Coventry and London Blitz.
The two waves designed to catch emergancy services out and high explosives to fracture gas and water mains plus blow windows out to let fires breathe and gain hold.
Plus the dropping of UXB's as they cause more trouble and make the area harder to clear and recover bodies.
Nothing like the smel and site of rotting bodies to hinder rescue work and demaralise the locals.
I was told it wasn't unusual to have 12 hour fuses, mind a 67 year delayed fuse is a bit excessive.
 
#9
According to the article on the beeb, on of the problems with uxo is that the Brits tested them on relatively hard ground and the ground around Berlin for example is softer, so some of the ordinance just buried into the surface without going boom.

That said, that bugger is going to look great if it goes bang as the delivery organisation intended it to!


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#13
I was told by one old Bomber Command Airman some years ago, that some bombs were deliberate duds, whilst others had long (hours or days type long) fuses. This was so that the authorities would have the added difficulty of clearing UXOs as well as rescue and recovery efforts.
Yup,we learnt about them on my weapons course & a lot of them were fitted with anti-tamper devices,quite crude by todays standards but effective.My late Dad was on the Dresden raid & always said it shouldn't have happened,but we were at war so fair game...
 
#14
I used to work a bloke who's father flew in a Lancaster. He mentioned the he was never sure if they ever hit the city intended, but they certainly bloody devastated the local farmland and outlying villages.

He also laughed at the war films where the hero brings the stricken bomber home, "that was every bloody time", they start to disintegrate the second they're out of the factory.
 
#17
Having been to Koblenz many years ago, my lasting impression is that the town being blown up would be doing the place a favour!
 
#20
A Bomb, Aircraft, HE 4000lb HC. The Cookie - the least subtle bomb ever deployed by the RAF!

Basically an oil drum filled with amatol.

unless of course you are takling about the Bomb, Aircraft, HE 600lb MC!
 
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