Divers attempt to defuse WWII “earthquake bomb”

The ship survived the raid but was eventually seized by the Soviet army and used for target practice after the war. Trending News

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Paszkowska said she also had to look after her 88-year-old mother, adding: “I’ve lived here 50 years and there have been other bombs, but this is the first time there’s an evacuation! In March 1945, it was announced that the Royal Air Force were using a 22,000 pound bomb against specially selected targets. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

Around 750 local residents are being evacuated from an area of 1.6 miles around the bomb and the operation is expected to last up to five days.But some residents told AFP they would be staying put.Halina Paszkowska said the “main danger” for her was the risk of catching COVID-19 in a sports hall where residents are being given shelter during the operation. Our bomb disposal divers will scrape around the bomb, which is embedded in the bottom of the channel at a depth of 12 meters. Nobody has ever defused a Tallboy that is so well preserved and underwater,” Grzegorz Lewandowski, spokesman for the Polish Navy’s 8th Coastal Defence Flotilla based in Swinoujscie, told AFP. The five-ton device — nicknamed “Tallboy” and also known as an “earthquake bomb” — was dropped by the Royal Air Force in an attack on a Nazi warship in 1945. Before, we just had to stay indoors.”Maritime traffic on the navigation channel and surrounding waterways will be suspended in an area of 16 kilometers around the bomb disposal operation.”The first two or three days will be preparations. A bomb is hoisted from the bomb dump, June 18, 1945. 

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Tallboys were designed to explode underground next to a target, triggering shock waves that would cause destruction.During World War II the area was home to one of the German navy’s most important Baltic bases and the area was subjected to massive bombardments, said historian Piotr Laskowski, the author of a book on the Royal Air Force raid on Germany’s Lutzow cruiser in April 1945.The ship’s cannons were being used to hold back the advance of the Red Army in the dying days of the war.On April 16, 1945, the RAF sent 18 Lancaster bombers from the 617th Squadron — known as the “Dambusters”.The bombers released 12 Tallboys on the Lutzow but one failed to explode and one of the planes crashed on the island of Karsibor, killing all seven crew on board. The navy divers will instead use a technique known as deflagration to burn the explosive charge without causing a detonation, using a remotely controlled device to pierce through the shell to begin combustion.The bomb is 19 feet long and has 2.4 tons of explosives — equivalent to around 3.6 tons of TNT. It was discovered last year during dredging close to the port city of Swinoujscie — formerly Swinemunde, a part of Germany — in the far northwest of Poland.”It’s a world first. The tiniest vibration could detonate the bomb,” he said, pointing out that the option of a controlled explosion has been ruled out for fear of destroying a bridge some 500 meters away. Divers attempt to defuse WWII “earthquake bomb” off Poland

October 12, 2020 / 8:32 AM

Raw video: Wreck of German WWII ship found

Raw video: Wreck of German WWII ship found


Polish military divers are due to begin a delicate operation on Monday to defuse a massive World War II bomb at the bottom of a channel near the Baltic Sea. It eventually sank in the Baltic in September 1947.Earlier this month, a team of Polish divers said they have found almost intact the wreckage of German World War II steamer Karlsruhe, which was bombed by Soviet planes and sunk in the Baltic Sea in April 1945, killing hundreds on board. 
First published on October 12, 2020 / 8:32 AM Only its nose is sticking out,” Lewandowski said.”It’s a very delicate job…