So, earlier this week, Cheyenne messaged me to let me know she would be a little late getting home. It seems there was a bomb threat, so her train would not be running. She managed to catch a ride with someone, and caught a different train home. No worries, right? She was even thrilled to find an app for her phone that would, in the future, alert her to similar situations. An app, WTH?! Seems there really are apps for everything.
Let me clarify, by bomb threat, I do not mean a terrorist placed a bomb somewhere along the tracks. Nope, here in Germany, old bombs from WWII are found almost every 2 weeks. Yes, you read that correctly, almost every 2 weeks. This particular bomb was found off Line 18 in Köln, the railway was doing some expansion work for the tracks and came across this little nugget of history. Yikes!
Since I come from a location where this kind of thing does not happen, I decided to do a little reading on the subject.
According to a very interesting article I found on Smithsonian.com, more than 2,000 tons of un-detonated bombs are found all over the country of Germany each year. They are often located when new construction is started, or when farmers are plowing their fields. It is unknown exactly how many of these unexploded bombs remain throughout this country. You can read the full article here.
My husband shared with me a story about finding an old bomb while working with a road crew. Everyone was doing their thing when they noticed that the bucket on the digging machine held something more than dirt and rumble. I can only imagine the pucker-factor that was happening as they guys realized that they had unearthed an unexploded bomb. Dirk told me that they high-tailed it off the site as fast as their legs would carry them. The bomb squad was contacted to handle the situation.
Obviously, if there are this many bombs that have not yet exploded, the area must have been heavily bombed during the war. This is a site on FaceBook that shows what the city of Köln looked liked after being bombed by the Allies. My friend Thierry was kind enough to send me the link to David’s Blog. Stop by his page to take a look at the city after the war, it’s hard to imagine that there were any bombs left unexploded with all of the devastation.
Everyday is a day to learn something new. I have learned that I am living in a land littered with explosive devices dropped here about 70 years ago.
What have you learned today?