The idiots within

Discussion in 'The Barracks' started by CL1, May 23, 2019.

  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    tweet to the Met re the suspected bomb found in Kingston today

    "can residents return to their houses yet? we have elderly family that live in the affected area. surely in this day and age it doesn't take this long to defuse?"
     
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  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  3. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Yeah, can't they just download an app for it or something?
     
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  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Sad the Met having to put out video humbly apologising for the disruption because loads of people are complaining.

    Kingston residents living near to an unexploded German Second World War bomb have been told their lives are "at significant risk" if they do not leave their homes.

    thought that might give them a clue

    perhaps they should show the snowflakes this recently blown up in Germany


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  5. Juha

    Juha Junior Member

    I once saw here in Finland a British docu, the presenter was Tony Robinson, which showed the effects of different German bombs from SC 50 to V-2 warhead to British brick houses. IMHO realistic enough for civilians. IMHO watching it should be obligatory to those who complains bomb disposal work.
     
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  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  7. Juha

    Juha Junior Member

    Yes, that it was. A SC 50 bomb happened to be the heaviest explosive device that we detonated in our weapons effects tests during our training. We put one in the middle of a small birch grove and we exploded it there. We were close by in a trench and so sheltered from the direct pressure wave but close enough that some earth and pebbles fell on our neck. The bomb's (25 kg (55lb) TNT and 25 kg steel) effect on young birches was rather devastating.
     
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  8. Blutto

    Blutto Plane Mad

    Unfortunately Blitz Street diluted their testing as the size of the charges went up. I can understand why, but the realism (and scientific value) of the test diminished. The absence of steel casings, ground penetration and shrapnel effects were totally removed from the equation.
     
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  9. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Some workmen found some old 2" mortar bombs on the property of a friend of mine who lives in Suffolk and the army came by and blew them up at a safe location. She didn't complain about how long it took. Even "small" ordnance can kill and maim, never mind 500 and 1000 lb bombs.
     
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  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Imagine if it had not been controlled by the very brave chaps who helped sort it

    Residents' fury as controlled explosion of WWII bomb in London street leaves windows smashed and cars wrecked

    • 550lb German bomb was discovered on a building site in south-west London
    • 1,500 Kingston residents were evacuated as the bomb disposal team set to work
    • The detonated bomb made a deafening boom that was heard eight miles awa

    The scene of the controlled explosion of a WWII 250kg Bomb at Fassett Road West London which has left a massive crate, shattered windows and damage to buildings and a nearby vehicle


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    Anger as controlled explosion of World War II bomb in London street wrecks cars and smashes windows | Daily Mail Online
     
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  11. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Typical Daily Mail reporting. If you read the comments attached to the article they say damage was very limited and the teams acted admirably. No one knows anyone who is complaining.

    Tim
     
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  12. Blutto

    Blutto Plane Mad

    Regardless of the efficacy of the Maily Dail, if cars and other property were damaged then somebody failed to provide sufficient safe-guarding. There was no time constraint that required a premature ejaculation.
     
  13. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Didnt they tape up the windows as they did in 1940 - tut tut

    Cars damaged ?? - in my day lad we didnt have cars just bicycles and they were left in hallway overnight - some people they dont know ow lucky they are, eh and that was only 1 bomb, we had hundreds of the buggers dropping on our eads

    TD (with a walking stick and flat cap)
     
  14. Blutto

    Blutto Plane Mad

    Don't tell me about how you lived in a cardboard box and survived on a lick of Marmite.
     
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  15. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    OK I wont

    TD
     
  16. Blutto

    Blutto Plane Mad

  17. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    You only had hundreds? Luxury!
     
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  18. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Lucky bastards!

    You folks have all sorts of unexploded ordnance lying about waiting for discovery and then watching a fantastic explosion.

    We have to be content with the odd tornado or flood coming through.
     
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  19. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Tornados and floods often cause more damage and can be quite spectacular! Thank your lucky stars. We've still got the SS Richard Montgomery in the Thames Estuary with 1,500 tons of unexploded ordnance onboard. If that goes up that will be an explosion to beat all explosions ranking alongside your Halifax explosion in 1917.

    Tim
     
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  20. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Port Chicago disaster - Wikipedia
     
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