Thursday, November 25, 2010

Der Spiegel: French Village Evacuated to Clear German WWI Munitions Depot

More on WW1 via Der Spiegel.
An entire village in northern France has been evacuated for a week while bomb removal experts clear 30 tons of shells -- 1,652 in total -- discovered in a German munitions depot from World War I.
I lived in Germany near the French border for three years in the early 80s during some unusually warm summers in Europe. The heat caused a few unexploded bombs from WW2 to go off in Berlin as I recall. A boy scout troop also returned from a souvenir hunting trip to France with glass balls still filled with Gas. The unexploded contents of gas filled artillery shells.

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