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23 Nov 2023 4:14 p.m. PST
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Warspite123 Nov 2023 3:19 p.m. PST

Declassified documents give some indication of the effectiveness of various WWII bombs against concrete, buildings and people. Very informative film on YouTube.

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Nine pound round24 Nov 2023 7:05 a.m. PST

Years ago, walking through Leipzig, my son (who was small at the time) said, "Leipzig is a really beautiful old city, but why is it that on every street, it seems like they have a long row of very old houses, but then one modern one in the middle of the row?"

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2023 8:04 a.m. PST

Interesting stuff

Cerdic25 Nov 2023 10:30 a.m. PST

Nine pound – yes, I guess a lot of Europe is like that.

You see the same thing in London, especially in SE London which was known as bomb alley because Luftwaffe crews would turn for home and jettison any unused bombs at random!

Even where I grew up, on the Isle of Wight, we had modern ‘infill' from damage caused by bombs that were supposed to hit Portsmouth dockyard and missed…

Martin Rapier25 Nov 2023 11:48 a.m. PST

You can see where the bombs landed all around our area in Sheffield from the gaps in the Victorian houses. In some cases you can work out where whole sticks came down.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2023 1:21 p.m. PST

I find it hard to believe that any major German city has only "the occasional gap" in any terrace. I saw that in York last weekend, I grew up with that in "Norf London" where new builds interspersed with much smarter Victorian housing. But in Germany?

It always amazes me to see how much Warsaw or Prague or Rotterdam or Koln (never been to Berlin) have been reconstructed so faithfully to the original. So much so that the tourist groups gaze on at these "ancient" buildings in wonder.

I think that God bless them, for at least being interested and caring.

Bit like listening to that tour guide on Tower Bridge telling his audience "So, y'all, this here is their "London Bridge". My wife said I should shut up and let them enjoy it and not be a Bleeped text. Bless her, glad I listened.

Fred Cartwright27 Nov 2023 5:05 p.m. PST

@deadhead, I find it quaint that when American's talk about "their" London Bridge they think they have the original one! :-)

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP29 Nov 2023 3:15 p.m. PST

God bless the UK colonies in rebellion to the Crown. Bit like my homeland, much closer to the UK, also now a Republic.

Many a Londoner finks vat anyfing wot lifts up in the middle, gotta be London Bridge, naw worra I mean? Risk of sawndin' like Dick van Dyke. COYIs! Forgive me…life long fan and season ticket holder from 250 miles norf of the stadium! That works out expensive…..

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