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WWII bomb defusal prompts Hannover evacuation
Written by D. René   
Monday, 08 May 2017 10:53

On the 6th May 2017, several WWII-era British bombs were due to be defused in the German city of Hannover prompting a large-scale evacuation of the area. It is thought that an estimated 50,000 people were moved from their homes to allowed the defusal operation to take place.

 

 

Approximately 13 bombs were thought to exist in this area, after the city suffered badly during RAF bombing campaigns in the Second World War. Over 250,000 Allied bombs were dropped on the city with nearly 10% of those dropped reckoned to have not functioned as intended.

 

This is not the first Allied bomb to have been unearthed in recent times in Europe – in 2016 over 50,000 people were evacuated from Augsburg whilst authorities dealt with a 1.8 tonne bomb.

 

To read more about the discovered UXO in Hannover, please follow the links below:

 

Deutsche Welle

50,000 evacuated in Hanover, Germany

 

BBC News

Hannover evacuates 50,000 over World War Two bombs

 

Sky News

City of Hanover evacuated after three unexploded WWII bombs found

 

Telegraph

German authorities prepare to evacuate tenth of Hannover's population to defuse WW2 bombs

 

ITV News

Thousands evacuated from Hannover as Second World War bombs made safe