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Today, in Berlin

Old 20th Apr 2018, 16:44
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Today, in Berlin

A couple of British tourists, apparently irritated, ask a local why the subway train doesn‘t stop at Hauptbahnhof (central station).
Local guy: Because they‘re defusing a bomb.
British tourist: Seriously, a bomb? Do they know who planted it?
Local guy: The Royal Air Force.

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Old 20th Apr 2018, 17:18
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Just keeping Jerry on his toes.
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Old 20th Apr 2018, 17:45
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Originally Posted by Traffic_Is_Er_Was View Post
Just keeping Jerry on his toes.
Been doing that ever since. You guys might have cleaned up after yourselves, y‘know... 🤝
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Old 20th Apr 2018, 18:37
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Well, it is a very good reason to have some extremely experienced and well trained ordnance disposal experts. All over the country. Sadly every once in a while something goes wrong and they need to train a few replacements.
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If it wasn’t for the RAF you wouldn’t have had all those brand new car parks and factories in the 1950s....
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Old 20th Apr 2018, 20:26
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The Brits in Berlin are remembered for what good they did after the war. Keeping us to be Westeners.
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Old 20th Apr 2018, 21:15
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Well, it is a very good reason to have some extremely experienced and well trained ordnance disposal experts. All over the country. Sadly every once in a while something goes wrong and they need to train a few replacements.
even if an untrained ordnance disposal guy would end up "all over the country"
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Old 20th Apr 2018, 23:20
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In business class to Heathrow from Vancouver one day, sitting next to a youngish bloke and as is my norm, I'm not overly talkative so just did the basics.


Told me he was with the UN and on his way to Afghanistan.
Said he was a miner.


Took me a few minutes but it dawned on me he was going out there to remove them.
A career he apparently had selected.
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Old 20th Apr 2018, 23:54
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Reminds me of the scene in Auf Wiedersehen Pet when they dig up a bomb in their German building site

Oz (proudly) "that's a British bomb, that is"

Herr Ulrich (sarcastically) "yes Osborne, it did not explode!"
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 00:22
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I seem to recall a gift from the Luftwaffe being discovered not too long ago in London while they were working on a new underground line...

Disarming a 75 year old bomb - yikes. Given how unstable explosives can become over time I'm a little surprised there hasn't been the odd spontaneous explosion around various parts of Germany and the UK (not to mention France, Belgium, etc.).
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Originally Posted by tdracer View Post
I seem to recall a gift from the Luftwaffe being discovered not too long ago in London while they were working on a new underground line...

Disarming a 75 year old bomb - yikes. Given how unstable explosives can become over time I'm a little surprised there hasn't been the odd spontaneous explosion around various parts of Germany and the UK (not to mention France, Belgium, etc.).
Very true and the expertise of EOD teams can never be over stated.

However, there are times when, well, with some locations hope doth springeth eternal as to the possibilities of these little gifts performing as intended.....

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/new...ssway-13040492

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Old 21st Apr 2018, 05:43
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Originally Posted by tdracer View Post
Given how unstable explosives can become over time I'm a little surprised there hasn't been the odd spontaneous explosion around various parts of Germany and the UK (not to mention France, Belgium, etc.).
In Belgium should those explosions, happen serious improvements will take place.

ORAC, I used to say the same thing.
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 06:55
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Farmer near where I worked turned up a 'bomb'. Only a 25lb practice bomb, no tail, said my manager knocking mud off with a crow bar. Wrong colour says I. Wrong shape says I, and we takes steps to have it removed.

Next day, when EOD arrive, the farmer had laid a second one with it. Our brave EOD team put them in the back of the truck on same bags then, no police presence, drive them off for disposal. Bloody big bang when they did.

Now where there were two UX shells there must be more. I don't remember if they had been fired or simply lost.
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 07:11
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Originally Posted by Rengineer View Post
A couple of British tourists, apparently irritated, ask a local why the subway train doesn‘t stop at Hauptbahnhof (central station).
Local guy: Because they‘re defusing a bomb.
British tourist: Seriously, a bomb? Do they know who planted it?
Local guy: The Royal Air Force.
The conversation continued:
Tourist: Oh, sorry about that
Local: Well, you did liberate us from fascism, so that's okay.
Tourist: Maybe you will have to return the favour soon.

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Old 21st Apr 2018, 07:13
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Talking of Belgium......when they blew the mines under Messines Ridge in WW1 not all of them went off. In the 50s one of them blew up, detonated by a chance lightning strike during a storm. But others remain......

https://simonjoneshistorian.com/2017...s-of-messines/
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If one little parcel goes up in the Thames Estuary, half of Clacton will get remodelled.
 
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Originally Posted by meadowrun View Post
In business class to Heathrow from Vancouver one day, sitting next to a youngish bloke....


Told me he was with the UN and on his way to Afghanistan.
And were you kind enough to tell him he was heading the wrong way?

I've never met a deminer who flew business... I think he was quite probably pulling your leg.
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 10:13
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Well, a leg puller who gave me some contacts at the UN then, because of what I was doing.


As for routing: from where we started - which way round is a toss-up.
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 10:36
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This sort of thing is common here as well. This was yesterday.

WW2 Bomb found in Rochester
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 10:37
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Many moons ago whilst on a contract with London Underground I saw a map on the wall of one of their offices. I asked the chap I was with what the red dots were. UXBs came the reply. I was stunned by how many there were.

This map by Bombsight shows just how much ordnance was dropped on London: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...don-Blitz.html
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