WWII BOMB FOUND IN BERLIN NEIGHBORHOOD

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WWII BOMB FOUND IN BERLIN NEIGHBORHOOD

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USAAF B-17G Flying Fortress

Construction workers in the Berlin neighborhood of Rummelsburg have uncovered an unexploded American WWII 550-pound bomb with its fuse intact during midday work.

German police have evacuated homes within a 250 yard radius around the bomb as explosive experts work to defuse and remove it.

The discovery of WWII munitions is not uncommon in many German cities even more than 70 years after the end of the war.

During WWII, Berlin was the subject of 363 air raids by Allied bombers. The most concentrated effort against the Berlin was the Royal Air Force’s November 1943 – March 1944 bombing campaign known as the “Battle of Berlin” which launched 16 massive raids on the German capital. The raids killed over 4,000 civilians and made another 450,000 homeless. The RAF lost over 500 bombers in the attacks.



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RAF Lancaster dropping its bombs

In the closing months of WWII, Soviet forces also bombed the German captial as their troops pushed into the city. After the fall of Berlin on May 2, 1945, Soviet General Nikolai Bersarin said in reference to the massive Soviet artillery and rocket bombardment of the city:

“The Western Allies had dropped 65,000 tons of explosives on the city in the course of more than two years; whereas the Red Army had expended 40,000 tons in merely two weeks”.



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