Bombs: You Learn Something New Every Day.

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?

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35 thoughts on “Bombs: You Learn Something New Every Day.

  1. We have bomb maps in London that were created during the war to roughly pinpoint where UXBs might be found. Though during building the Olympic Park three were uncovered and disarmed. Apparently in France and Belgium the WW1 still throws up both bombs and bodies when ploughing from the trenches. It is hard to believe, isn’t it? Living history, huh! Mind you you then go to somewhere like Cambodia who are trying to eradicate all the land and anti personnel devices that cover acres and realise ours is a small problem really… goodness knows what rebuilding Syria will be like.

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    1. I can’t even imagine places like Cambodia or Syria. Terrifying.
      I am just amazed at the sheer numbers of them that are still here after so long. I was also interested in the types of bombs that are often found. The ones that were to detonate days after hitting the ground. They must be so fragile! Yikes.
      You are right though, our problems are so small in comparison.

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  2. I’ve heard of some being found in England, but nowhere near where I live. When we were in Croatia though, we were warned not to leave the marked paths when hiking because it might be dangerous in some places. To think that war (Gulf War) was less than thirty years ago…

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      1. Same here. I’m a from Canada… We have churches in my British neighbourhood older than my whole home country! 😂 History is everywhere in Europe. You’re right, there is something very eye-opening about it.

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  3. Yes, if they build something new, you can be sure that they find some bombs. maybe one, maybe more. In 2011, i think, a few members of a bomb squad died because it explored. upsetting what humans do to each other.

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  4. Wow, didn’t realise bombs are still found that frequent in Germany.

    My partner is an EOF Tech but currently gone back to his IT background, so I do hear a lot about bombs. Also in 2014 we door knocked to try and get him volunteer work clearing landmines as they’re prevalent in SE Asia. Sadly after months of trying, we could only pick up volunteer work where he could deliver Mine Risk Education to the Burmese migrants returning to their country.

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      1. As did I in Australia.

        It’s extremely tragic especially along the Thai/Burma border, which is heavily mined. The problem is that the Burmese government doesn’t want to clear the mines and it wants them to remain there for security. As a results, locals are killed and maimed weekly. Laos is another country that was heavily mined.
        Also, governments, NGOs, and INGOs have all this work tied up nicely as there’s a lot of money to be made clearing land mines.

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  5. It is pretty horrifying to think just how many bombs were dropped, to have so many left over soooo many years later!! I’m glad you were all safe from that one though! 😀

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      1. Yes, I mean, at least these bombs don’t have depleted uranium casings. The DU bombs left from the gulf war are even worse! 😦

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  6. My favourite childhood hangout (Zoopark Düsseldorf) was cordoned off every other month because they found a new bomb. You get used to it.

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  7. Wow. I never realized this was still a huge problem in Germany. And it is quite scary considering how long those bombs have been in the ground. It’s so lucky that in Dirk’s case the digging machine scooped up the bomb whole and that the digger didn’t land on the middle of the bomb and explode it.

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    1. It’s hard for me to imagine the number of bombs that must have been dropped here. I’ve seen the pictures of the city after the bombing and it’s hard to think that even more in exploded bombs are still around. The city was just devastated.
      Yes, they were very very lucky.

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  8. What an interesting scary post! Germany was reconstructed faster than any other country England still has bombsites not built on and ueb found every year but nothing like you describe. I expect bigger landmass makes them harder to find. ANn app to alert you to them? mindblowing.

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