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Last Updated: 2:22AM BST 13/07/2008

Maps showing the likely locations of thousands of unexploded bombs dropped during World War Two have been created for the first time.

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New map reveals locations of unexploded World War Two bombs

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A milkman delivers in a London street after a German bombing raid

New map reveals locations of unexploded World War Two bombs

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The ruins of Coventry Cathedral, Warwickshire, in 1940

 

Up to one in ten bombs dropped by the German Luftwaffe failed to detonate leaving a deadly legacy which still lies under the nation's streets and fields.

 

The new map will be used by builders to tell them the risks from unexploded bombs where they are working. Members of the public will also be able to access the map, which identifies 21,000 locations where there could be unexploded bombs.

 

Experts have studied aerial photographs taken by the RAF after the war and maps created by insurance companies to assess the extent of the bombing damage.

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They have been able to pinpoint sites across the UK where unexploded munitions are most likely to be concealed. The cities with the highest number of sites are London, Plymouth, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham.

 

David Mole, from the Landmark Information Group, which has compiled the charts, said: "Bombs were dropped in sequence and the photographs and maps show where buildings have been demolished. From that we can work out the patterns and where there is most likely to be unexploded ordnance.

 

"In between the areas that were cleared by bombs are pockets that were untouched. Looking at them now, 60 years later, with detailed images of the pattern of destruction around them, you know there is a very good chance there is a bomb in the vicinity."

 

The online maps are available for all major cities and areas of the countryside where bombings took place.

 

Unexploded German bombs are still unearthed across Britain, with relative frequency, in gardens, fields, allotments and building sites, where their sudden discovery can cause lengthy and expensive disruptions.

 

Last month, work on the Olympic site, in east London, had to be halted, after the discovery of a 1,000kg unexploded device. A survey has found that the site could contain as many as 200 devices.

 

If a bomb is suspected in an area, specialist firms are able to use electromagnetic equipment to scan for buried metal that may be ordnance. They can also sink probes into the ground to search for deeply buried devices.

 

At the Weld Arms, a thatched pub in East Lulworth, Dorset, a 50kg bomb was unearthed last year while a new patio was being laid in the beer garden.

 

Krista Pall, who works at the pub, said: "It was a pretty big surprise. We don't know if there are any more around but if we find another, at least we won't be quite so surprised.

 

Many of the bombs dropped over Britain by the Luftwaffe were faulty and failed to explode when dropped.

 

Historians believe many were sabotaged by workers in occupied Europe who were forced to produce them for the Germans.

 

Some devices were timed to go off some time after hitting the ground, in order to maximise their disruptive and destructive effects.

 

However, the clockwork mechanisms jammed in several cases.

 

Their impact created shallow craters and they were then covered up by earth disturbed by nearby explosions or later construction work. The bombs can become inert over time, but when disturbed, the timing mechanism can restart.

 

Terry Charman, senior historian at the Imperial War Museum, in London, said: "It was often sheer carelessness in their manufacture that meant they didn't explode. In some cases, there was perhaps sabotage as well.

 

"There is still great interest when these things turn up, because for so many people it is still a living memory. Bombings were far more widespread than just in London."

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oh my jonas some of them seem to have landed in my town.

 

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Only in England.

 

Will these things go off if interrupted or disturbed in any way? If they're dangerous, why aren't they all removed?

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Damn... quite a lot near me.

Think they would be worth a bomb?

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Only in England.

 

Will these things go off if interrupted or disturbed in any way? If they're dangerous, why aren't they all removed?

Well, if I was You I wouldn't go poking them with a stick or anything. Better stay away from them biggrin.gif

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Doh.

 

Me and my family like to go metal detecting quite a bit, we'd be f*cked if we accidently dug up one of these WWII bombs. tounge.gif

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Only in England.

 

Will these things go off if interrupted or disturbed in any way? If they're dangerous, why aren't they all removed?

Still armed, still deadly. I'm sure people still die from these.

 

Those clockwork fuses are REALLY dangerous and very complicated, they were built by the Germans to be very hard to disarm, even by a trained military EOD tech.

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Why can't they just dig them up instead? Or are they that lazy they can't even do that?

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Imagine if there was a fire in your home and it was right on top of or near a WW2 German bomb. You can guess what would happen.

 

They can definitley go off if an explosion happened. They should start digging up for them and getting them safely out of there.

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They can definitley go off if an explosion happened. They should start digging up for them and getting them safely out of there.

They do remove them safely when one is found, according to that there are around 21,000 unexploded WWII bombs in the UK, can you imagine the man hours needed to find and either defuse or set a controlled explosion up on every one of them? It wouldn't be feasible to even consider it.

 

I would imagine that there has been enough activity around the bombs in the past 60 years to ensure that they are buried reasonably safely (as safe as a bomb can be buried at least), it's only new construction work that unearths them these days.

 

It does make you wonder why terrorist organisations don't try to use these bombs to make a point though, there must be literally thousands of tonnes of unexploded ordinance in this countries capital, someone motivated enough could seek out these bombs and use them for what the Germans intended. Or why they don't try to recover them and harvest the explosives inside.

 

I can't remember where it is, somewhere in France, in WWI the Allies dug a tunnel underneath some German trenches and planted a few hundred tonnes of explosives. The explosives didn't go off and were forgotten about, until a few decades later when it was found out that a row of houses were build right on top of them. I read it a few years ago in a newspaper, can't remember which one though.

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Only in England.

 

Will these things go off if interrupted or disturbed in any way? If they're dangerous, why aren't they all removed?

Still armed, still deadly. I'm sure people still die from these.

 

Those clockwork fuses are REALLY dangerous and very complicated, they were built by the Germans to be very hard to disarm, even by a trained military EOD tech.

Err, no they don't, and no they weren't.

 

I can't remember the last time I ever heard of a WWII bomb killing someone, and sh*t, ze Germans didn't make the bombs to be 'hard to disarm' - They made them to blow the f*ck out of cities and towns.

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It's hammer time! where can I find detailed maps of bombs in west London.

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Do we need to collect them all for 100%? As I'm still having trouble spraying all the tags in Los Santos.

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Well some of those bombs look to be around my area. So if they go off i hope i aont standing above one. confused.gif

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Only in England.

 

Will these things go off if interrupted or disturbed in any way? If they're dangerous, why aren't they all removed?

Still armed, still deadly. I'm sure people still die from these.

 

Those clockwork fuses are REALLY dangerous and very complicated, they were built by the Germans to be very hard to disarm, even by a trained military EOD tech.

Err, no they don't, and no they weren't.

 

I can't remember the last time I ever heard of a WWII bomb killing someone, and sh*t, ze Germans didn't make the bombs to be 'hard to disarm' - They made them to blow the f*ck out of cities and towns.

Yes some of those bombs are duds. And I'm wrong about the the deaths? Well, I don't live there.

 

But the Germans used delayed fuses to hopefully do what their doing now, creating a problem, a very dangerous problem at that.

 

The plan was to set the fuse to a couple weeks, or months to allow the bombs to create a terror campaign and scare the civilian populace.(Expolsivses going off randomly does that) Due to the complicated fusing mechanism a lot of these bombs did not go off and are still sitting there today.

 

Not all bombs are suppose to explode when they hit the ground, contrary to popular belief.

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I too would like a zoomed in map from somwhere because there seems to be bloody millions of the unexploded buggers in my part of London. sad.gif

 

Any idea where to get one?

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It's hammer time! where can I find detailed maps of bombs in west London.

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Only in England.

 

Will these things go off if interrupted or disturbed in any way? If they're dangerous, why aren't they all removed?

Still armed, still deadly. I'm sure people still die from these.

 

Those clockwork fuses are REALLY dangerous and very complicated, they were built by the Germans to be very hard to disarm, even by a trained military EOD tech.

Err, no they don't, and no they weren't.

 

I can't remember the last time I ever heard of a WWII bomb killing someone, and sh*t, ze Germans didn't make the bombs to be 'hard to disarm' - They made them to blow the f*ck out of cities and towns.

I do find it hard to believe that the Germans would go through the trouble of making bombs, which were planned to be dropped from aircraft and explode on impact, hard to disarm.

 

Also I havn't heard of many, if any, cases of these unexploded bombs killing anyone. Usually when found they're removed or detonated in a controlled explosion or w/e.

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Only in England.

 

Will these things go off if interrupted or disturbed in any way? If they're dangerous, why aren't they all removed?

Still armed, still deadly. I'm sure people still die from these.

 

Those clockwork fuses are REALLY dangerous and very complicated, they were built by the Germans to be very hard to disarm, even by a trained military EOD tech.

Err, no they don't, and no they weren't.

 

I can't remember the last time I ever heard of a WWII bomb killing someone, and sh*t, ze Germans didn't make the bombs to be 'hard to disarm' - They made them to blow the f*ck out of cities and towns.

I do find it hard to believe that the Germans would go through the trouble of making bombs, which were planned to be dropped from aircraft and explode on impact, hard to disarm.

 

Also I havn't heard of many, if any, cases of these unexploded bombs killing anyone. Usually when found they're removed or detonated in a controlled explosion or w/e.

But thats the thing, not all were made to explode on impact, like I said before, not all the bombs were designed to explode on impact, but bury into the ground and create a potentially dangerous problem further down the road for the UK.

 

People can't seem to understand the fact that not all bombs are made to explode on impact.

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I seem fairly safe.

 

Knowing my luck though, I'll still probably tread on some sort of Nazi Gonnorhea gas bomb.

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Cool, some are in my area.

 

My grandad told me a story once about when he was ten or eleven and he got some incendiary bomb that hadn't gone off (I think that's what it was) and took it home. Then some boy on the estate made up a story saying the Police were doing searches for it so he dug a hole and hid it in the middle fo the night. It's probably still there.

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Hey if they found them to put them on the map, you'll love this, why didn't they get rid of them? tounge.gif

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Hey if they found them to put them on the map, you'll love this, why didn't they get rid of them? tounge.gif

They didn't find them, they put together the pattern that the bombs were dropped in and made an estimate on where they believe bombs should be.

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Ah, I see...

 

Sorry I didn't know, but surely if they thought they were there they could take a looksy

 

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Do we need to collect them all for 100%?

I lol'd.

 

Interesting. Not too many around me. (Wales)

 

 

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