Germany's biggest evacuation since WWII to take place... on Christmas
22 December 2016
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The site of the find in Augsburg. Photo: DPA
After the discovery of a massive unexploded bomb from the Second World War, 54,000 people are to be evacuated from their homes in Augsburg.
As if having to leave your home due to a bomb find in the middle of winter were not enough, tens of thousands of people in the south Bavarian city will have to do so on Christmas Eve.
It is the largest evacuation anywhere in Germany since the end of the Second World War and will be initiated after a 3.8 tonne British-made bomb was found during building work.
Police officers in the city will also miss out on the most important holiday of the German calendar - Christmas is celebrated on December 24th in Germany. A total of 800 officers will ensure that residents in over 30,000 homes have followed instructions to leave home.
There is a reason for the evacuation taking place on Christmas Eve, city authorities have explained.
Firstly preparing such a huge evacuation takes a few days.
Secondly, it had to be done on a holiday. Evacuations on work days are substantially more complicated as businesses and offices have to be cleared. In addition there is more traffic on the streets.
Christmas Eve was chosen as the first holiday or weekend day to take place after the massive bomb was discovered.
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The center of gravity of the mass and the aerodynamics were calculated incorrectly and the tail unit often broke during the flight. Sometimes the detonators were not released when loading.
Last edited by fkw81; 23rd December 2016 at 08:11 PM.
So, is it 1.8 or 3.8 ton bomb? 4000lbs is 1.8 ton, and 8000lbs is 3.6 ton so 1.8 sounds more logical...but...
I think its a HC4000 with 1800kg.
This bomb was known as the "Cookie" or "Blockbuster" bomb, and was the RAF's main weapon against cities at the end of the war. The enormous blast effect (3,000 lb of the 4,000 lb weight was HE) blew the roofs off buildings over a wide area, leaving them vulnerable to the thousands of small incendiaries which were dropped at the same time.
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockbuster_bomb for more details, pictures etc.
All three fuzes have been removed safely.