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What Lies Beneath

May 8, 2017

Powerful reflection, Ronnie!

Ronnie McBrayer

On Christmas Day of last year, the German city of Augsburg ordered the evacuation of 50,000 of its citizens. It was the largest such evacuation in the country since World War II. This wasn’t precipitated by a chemical leak or a terrorist attack, but it was the result of a bomb – a very large, old bomb – an unexploded ordnance weighing more than a ton.

A survey and construction crew had been working on a new underground garage when they made the unpleasant discovery of a British munition dropped more than 70 years earlier. And news to me: This happens all the time in Germany. Tens of thousands of citizens are routinely evacuated as these literal ticking time bombs are discovered and diffused all over the country.

Between 1940 and 1945, the U.S. and British Air Forces dropped more than a million bombs on Germany. Several hundred thousands of…

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