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In this morning's local news
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An industrial estate has been evacuated after a blast involving suspected hand grenades.
Excavation work was taking place at Rotherwas Industrial Estate in Hereford before the blast on Wednesday.
West Mercia Police said "suspected phosphorus grenades" were discovered at the site. They were found close to a former World War Two munitions factory.
Munitions were made there in both WW1 and WW2. This is not the first time that the site has yielded munitions including I believe a German UXB from a raid but this is the first to have gone off.
The factory used to fill 15 inch naval shells and I hope they haven't left any of those around

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...ester-41184353
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Bet that made the navvies jump!

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French farmers routinely check for UXB with these:

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Not really funny when one considers that as recently as 1996 40 people were killed on French farms by WW2 ordinance.
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I did a WWII book on US ordnance in PDF format for the use of the French EOD folks. http://ibiblio.org/pha/BOMBS.pdf
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Not really funny when one considers that as recently as 1996 40 people were killed on French farms by WW2 ordinance.
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That is a literally incredible figure.
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In this morning's local news


Munitions were made there in both WW1 and WW2. This is not the first time that the site has yielded munitions including I believe a German UXB from a raid but this is the first to have gone off.
The factory used to fill 15 inch naval shells and I hope they haven't left any of those around

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...ester-41184353
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The grenades look like the type 76 Anti Tank grenade issued to the Home guard in 1940/41 for use with the Northover projector. The HG buried caches of them for use in case of invasion and sometimes forgot/lost the location. The site where these have been found was in the area used by the Auxiliary Patrol - a stay behind set up, affiliated with the HG, intended to operate in occupied territory - for training. Many of its members later transfered to the SOE. The area was later used by the SAS and their regimental base is still nearby. The vicinity of the old munitions plant is probably a coincidence.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...ester-41184353
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Bet that made the navvies jump!

Now that is a term I have not heard for many a long day!!
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Reminds me of a line from a Dorothy L. Sayers mystery: "So, he pile-drived him like a navvy."
"Yes, you always think they are going to hit the man holding the thing but they never do."

I'll bet they did, a time or two!
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