The publisher has established a reputation for correcting the neglect of important military history and this book is another fine example. The unsung story of WWII was the battle between bomb disposal units and German armourers. It required a special type of courage and a special type of man – Much Recommended.
NAME: Bomb Disposal in World War Two FILE: R2670 AUTHOR: Chris Ransted PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 282 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, World War 2, bombs, fuzes, time delays, booby traps, bomb disposal, UXB, ARP, Naval Clearance Divers, armourers, secret war ISBN: 52671-565-1 IMAGE: B2670.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y97vbru4 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The publisher has established a reputation for correcting the neglect of important military history and this book is another fine example. The unsung story of WWII was the battle between bomb disposal units and German armourers. It required a special type of courage and a special type of man – Much Recommended. Most will assume that the objective of building any type of delivered or locomotive explosive device is to produce a bomb that can be dropped from aircraft to explode on impact, destroying an enemy military target. It is however much more complex. A bomb, mine, or torpedo, has to be carried safely by the delivery vehicle, but become active at the time of release and to trigger in the presence of a suitable target. That requires a fuse that can be fitted to the device by an armourer, with a safety device. That safety then has to be removed to make the weapon live and deadly. There are a number of ways in which this can be done. A common safety is a pin that only has to be removed to make the weapon live before throwing, dropping or launching it. To increase safety for the delivery crew, the fuse can be rendered partially effective by removing a safety pin, and then move to fully live by an additional factor. Sea mines can employ a soluble plug that is the final safety. Once the mine is immersed in water, the plug dissolves and the mine becomes fully live, to be initiated by a further action, such as a contact or a time fuse. Torpedoes frequently employ a simple propeller that rotates after launch until the fuse is fully live. In WWII, bombs dropped from aircraft often required a crew member to remove safety pins after take-off and for the fuse to become fully live as airflow rotated a small propeller once the bomb had left the aircraft. The result of fusing techniques is that bombs, mines and torpedoes can arrive a the target without having become fully armed. That is a simple manufacturing or human error. However, the device can still be deadly as the defect fixes itself or the weapon is moved without great care. When hundreds of bombers attack every night, there are inevitably bombs that fail to detonate. Until a bomb disposal crew has rendered the weapon safe and removed it, the inactive weapon can cause as much disruption as if it had exploded on impact. To deal with the defects of German bombing, bomb disposal engineers had to be trained equipped and deployed. During the London Blitz they were kept very busy, just dealing with bombs that had failed. That was an exhausting and dangerous job which became even more demanding as the German armourers tried to develop fuses that would kill rescuers and bomb disposal engineers. This is a fascinating and thrilling story and it is amazing that it has been so neglected by the media during the war and historians since then. The bomb disposal engineers required a very special courage and were very special people who might have to work on more than ten bombs a day, seven days a week, each bomb being capable of killing them if they made the smallest mistake or faced a new type of fuse for the first time. The RN, the Army and the RAF all had to train bomb disposal engineers. Their work played a very important part in the defeat of Nazi Germany. This thrilling story is told very well and supported by many rare images. A must read book.