Soldiers killed defusing WWII bomb
The latest unexploded bomb news from UK and Europe from SafeLane's research team includes the tragic fact that two sappers were killed whilst defusing a WWII era bomb in Poland.
Two sappers killed and four injured while defusing unexploded bomb in Poland
While defusing an unexploded WWII bomb in the forest near to the Polish town of Kuznia Raciborska, tragically two sappers lost their lives and four were injured when the device exploded.
The town’s mayor, Pawel Macha, stated that “the forest is full of unexploded ordnance. It has been a problem for this place since the war”.
Following the explosion, the forest has since been sectioned off by the Army.
WWII artillery shell found in Liverpool
A suspected artillery shell dating from WWII was discovered in Junction Road, Kirkdale, within an industrial estate.
Following its discovery, a cordon was put in place and several roads were closed in the surrounding area. A bomb disposal team then took the item away to be disposed of safely.
Beach in South Shields closed after an unexploded bomb was found
The local bomb squad was called to investigate after an old unexploded bomb was found in the sand of a South Shields beach.
A 100m cordon was put in place on Sandhaven Beach following the reports of a bomb having been discovered. After this, the item was safely removed.
German bomb found at Bordon’s Hogmoor Inclosure
A WWII-era German bomb was found buried in the Hogmoor Inclosure at Bordon, resulting in specialist intervention from the bomb disposal unit.
Contractors discovered the bomb while working on the drainage areas at the Hogmoor Inclosure SANGS near Hogmoor Road. As a result a 200m cordon was put in place, which included the evacuation of building sites, a caravan site and concrete works. Also, closures of the surrounding roads were also enforced.
Royal Engineers were present on site overnight, following the discovery, while over 300 tons of sand were brought in to create a blast wall around the bomb in order to prepare for controlled explosion.
The bomb was found on the site of a former military base, which was designated as a training and depot facility historically.
As a result, the risk of finding items of ordnance here was elevated. Many former military bases across the UK are now undergoing redevelopment, so careful work must be undertaken to investigate and mitigate these risks before any works take place.
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German tank-buster guns pulled from the bottom of the Crimean Sea
The Russian military have pulled German tank-buster guns from the bottom of the Crimean Sea, 76 years after the cargo ship that was carrying them sank during WWII.
The cargo ship sunk on 23rd November 1943, following several explosions off the Black Sea coast of Crimea in the Kalamitsky Bay. The vessel was carrying cargo including 12 StuG III assault guns, 2 Jagdpanzer tank destroyers and 1,278 tons of shells, air bombs and petrol in casks, all of which sunk along with the ship and its 44 crew members.
Russian military spent three months planning the operation to lift the Sturmgeschutz (StuG III) assault gun from the wreck, due to the number of unexploded munitions remaining in the 300sqm area.
Military divers were used to clear the gun (and a second gun, planned to be lifted next year), and then it was lifted using buoyancy aids.
Reports indicate that the thick armour covering of the item was well preserved. Restoration work will be carried out by specialists at the Russian Geographical Society, after which it will be donated to a museum.
Minehunter HMS Cattistock leaves for Baltic Assignment
Following a month of pre-deployment training, the minehunter HMS Cattistock departed Faslane last week for a seven-week NATO assignment around the ports and inlets of the eastern Baltic.
The vessel will link up with Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 1. This is the NATO force dedicated to freeing the waters of Northern Europe from mines and historic ordnance.
Danish-led, the force comprises twelve vessels of Danish, German, Latvian, Norwegian and Belgian origin.
In recent times, the group have been focused on the areas separating Germany and Denmark, where construction on the world’s longest road tunnel is due to begin from next year.
The Baltic region is heavily contaminated with items of ordnance dating back through both world wars, from a range of different origins. Huge numbers of unexploded ordnance were expended, sunk, dumped, dropped and lost within the region, in many cases left unrecorded and therefore remain a hazard to present-day construction operations.
SafeLane's marine team are expert in the management of unexploded threats, including chemical munitions in the marine environment. Most recently they have been working in support of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project in the Baltic.
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