Magdeburg, Germany – Thousands Leave Homes As WWII Bomb Shuts City

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    A WWII bomb is shown under floodlights after a successful defusing in Magdeburg, Germany, 24 October 2013. A radius of 800 meters of parts of the city center of Magdeburg had to be evacuated during the operation to difuse the US Army Second World War bomb.  EPA/JENS WOLFMagdeburg, Germany – A bomb disposal team found the half-tonne bomb while carrying out checks at a building site at Damaschkeplatz square.

    City authorities then announced they would carry out a controlled explosion on Thursday evening and ordered thousands of people in the surrounding area to leave their homes.

    A nearby nursing home and hospital are also being evacuated.

    City authorities have advised residents to pack any necessary medication, as well as identity documents, health insurance cards, mobile phones and money before leaving their homes.

    And there will be massive disruption to public transport services throughout Thursday. Those planning on travelling through Magdeburg by train are advised to check their travel company’s website for regular updates.

    Large parts of Magdeburg were destroyed during the World War Two and several bombs have been discovered there. However large-scale discoveries in the city centre have become increasingly rare.

    Torsten Kresse, director of operations of the explosive ordnance disposal service in Saxony-Anhalt, examines a bomb after a successful defusing in Magdeburg, Germany, 24 October 2013. A radius of 800 meters of parts of the city center of Magdeburg had to be evacuated during the operation to difuse the US Army Second World War bomb.  EPA/JENS WOLF

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    4 COMMENTS

      • What a silly, insensitive and dumb statement.

        Factually, the German civilian urban population in WWII suffered mightely, due especially to the RAF’s night area bombing of German cities – but due also the USAAF’s 8th and 15th Air Force day light “strategic bombing…and, B”H, if there was any population in WWII that could “dish it out” but didn’t have to “take it” it was Americans.

    1. While I have absolutely no sympathy for the Germans of World War II, “Sane,” in comment No 1, has it tragically wrong. The Germans stood up to a most lengthy and destructive bombing campaign without wavering. Indeed their ability to take it, when any rational observer could see that the war was lost and that Germany faced total destruction, compounded the tragedy for Europe in general and for their victims in particular

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