Bomb Disposal

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by lizlyon, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Fairchild

    Fairchild Junior Member

    A quote from my father's HG account. "Just as I can recall my first lesson at school, at the tender age of four and a half, so too can I remember my first lesson in bomb disposal. The instructor handed me a Mills bomb ( a grenade ), and asked me if I thought it would kill me. I replied yes, very much so. He next pointed to a 2,0000lb armour piercing bomb, a huge thing about six feet long, and said what about that one? Yes that would kill me too. More so than the Mills bomb? - and there was no answer to that. The object of lesson one was that danger was not necessarily connected with size."
    My father had a remarkable memory and his account of his HG experience is highly informative with lots of humour.
    Fairchild
     
  2. Sgt Hawk

    Sgt Hawk Member

    Outstanding reading
     
  3. ChrisR

    ChrisR Senior Member

    Another Home Guard BD photo - Unfortunately I have no info on this one.
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  4. ChrisR

    ChrisR Senior Member

    Thought I'd bring this thread back up as I have a couple more Home Guard bomb disposal photos that might be of interest.
    The first one is of the ABDU of H.M.S.O. in Wealdstone, Harrow.
    Ernest Atkinson is the chap back row second from left. It is his family that kindly provided the photo. The guy in the centre front is thought to be H.W Tisdale. Photo shows their BD qualification insignia quite nicely.
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    In this next one the company is not identified, but they are part of No 9 Region that covered the Midlands.
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    If you want to know more about Home Guard BD you could do worse than check out my book 'Bomb Disposal in World War Two', as I included a chapter about them.
    A couple more photos that are not in the book include another unidentified unit: -
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    And this one which is more obviously from W.H.A. Robertson and Co in Bedford.
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    And on An A-to-Z of Yeovil's History - by Bob Osborn is some great info, including this photo of Westland's BD unit.
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  5. ARPCDHG

    ARPCDHG Member

    Brilliant photos Chris, thanks for sharing.
     

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