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Anyone know about bomb-disposal squads 1940-41?

Discussion in 'Information Requests' started by George Garrett, Jul 30, 2001.

  1. George Garrett

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    HI Folks,
    Churchill's "Their Finest Hour" gives a brief account of these, and in particular, of the group known as "The Holy Trinity", which consisted of "...the Earl of Suffolk, his private secretary, and his rather elderly chauffeur...".
    I would be grateful for any accounts of these
    groups(officially called U-XB units) of brave men and women whom Churchill termed
    "Our noblest" :confused:
     
  2. C.Evans

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    I dont know much about British Bomb disposal Squads, but I have a photo coming in that ive been waiting for for quite awhile, that shows German FEMALES, doing their bomb disposal duties.

    Will try to remember to let you know when I get it in and will send it to Rommel-er-I mean Otto, so he can put it here to see.
     
  3. George Garrett

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    Thank you, Mr Evans. The fact that the Germans had equally ordinary folk, carrying on this brave business, gives food for thought. I look forward to seeing your photo, when it arrives.

    Best wishes
     
  4. C.Evans

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    Thank you, and me too. I won that photo on ebay some months ago but the postal system and a few dellers, take their sweet time in sending. Im beginning to wonder if I will ever get it. However, I do have 2-3 photos of German women in uniform and firefighting.
     
  5. George Garrett

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    I've just found out that there was an excellent series about bomb-disposal on television some years ago. It was called
    "U.X.B." and video sets of this series can be purchased today, I understand.

    Anybody interested should log onto Internet Movie Database (Type IMDB in your favourite search engine, then "U.X.B", or bomb-disposal units into IMDB's dialogue box)
     
  6. C.Evans

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    Thanks George, I will try that and see if I find anything ;)
     
  7. Martin Bull

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    I'm 'dragging the lake' again . . .

    For anyone with a serious interest in WWII bomb disposal in the UK, there is one definitive account : -

    'Unexploded Bomb' by Major A B Hartley ( Cassell, 1958 )

    He was there ! Copies are available on Bookfinder for not too outrageous money.
     
  8. FOSSIL

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    Hi
    If your still looking for some details on the Holy Trinity please let me know i am ex Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal 82/7 and have done some research into the history and our casualties including these three.

    Fos
     
  9. Martin Bull

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    Thanks for finding this old thread, Fossil....

    Something had been 'bugging' me for a while about it and I finally remembered that the BBC produced a series in 1973 called 'The Dragon's Opponent'. This was based on the life and adventures of Charles Howard, 20th Earl of Suffolk, with Ronald Pickup starring as Howard.

    I believe the 'Holy Trinity' were killed on Erith Marshes, 12th May 1941 - but you probably know a lot more about this than me....;)
     
  10. Adrian Wainer

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    I really enjoyed this series

    YouTube - Broadcast Yourself。

    YouTube - Danager UXB

    Best and Warm Regards
    Adrian Wainer
     
  11. Adrian Wainer

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    George you might find these links of interest

    Dr Michael Moss

    BBC - WW2 People's War - Sgt. Brian Moss: 719 Bomb Disposal Company and 233 Field Company, Royal Engineers

    http://www.rafbdhistory.co.uk/index.htm




    Best and Warm Regards
    Adrian Wainer
     
  12. wtid45

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    UXB was a great show, and if anyone wants any casualty details i have just got a book called Bomb disposal and the british casualties of ww2 lists Army, Navy, Air force and civilian.
     
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    Have only just found this site, so hope someone can help. My father was in a bomb disposal squad during WW2. I was a child at the time so do not have too many memories but one instance I can remember is of him coming home and telling us about a bomb that had fallen in a cess-pit. What I would like to know is, would he have been in a regiment and if so how can I trace his record. I also remember he had a couple of service medals which unfortunately disappeared over time. We lived in Liverpool UK at the time. Thankyou. Moya (Australia)
     

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