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Japan still clearing World War II bombs from Okinawa
« on: July 28, 2014, 05:15:10 PM »
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Re: Japan still clearing World War II bombs from Okinawa
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2014, 03:17:55 PM »
what percentage of WWII ordnance, in general, failed to explode?

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Re: Japan still clearing World War II bombs from Okinawa
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2014, 05:30:00 PM »
what percentage of WWII ordnance, in general, failed to explode?

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Re: Japan still clearing World War II bombs from Okinawa
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2014, 05:57:20 PM »
what percentage of WWII ordnance, in general, failed to explode?

By today's standards a no doubt unreasonable and unaffordable percentage.  But there are long term consequences for winning and losing a war.  Ask the Germans about cleaning up unexploded ordnance.  Hell, ask the British...they got plenty of experience during the blitz. Go talk to a Cambodian about unexploded land mines.




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Re: Japan still clearing World War II bombs from Okinawa
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2014, 01:13:15 PM »
By today's standards a no doubt unreasonable and unaffordable percentage.  But there are long term consequences for winning and losing a war.  Ask the Germans about cleaning up unexploded ordnance.  Hell, ask the British...they got plenty of experience during the blitz. Go talk to a Cambodian about unexploded land mines.





I wasn't trying to pick sides, just asking a simple question out of curiosity.

Apparently for WWII, some estimates put it at about 7% to 15% of Allied and Russian munitions dropped on Germany: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/04/130404-germany-unexploded-bomb-berlin-world-war-ii/
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The number of bombs still to be found is staggering. British, American, and Russian bombing raids dumped upward of 2.7 million tons of bombs on Germany during the war, each weighing anywhere from 100 to 4,000 pounds (45 to 1,814 kilos). Spyra estimates between 7 and 15 percent of those were duds, bombs that hit the ground but failed to explode. For decades, they've remained live, waiting quietly for an errant backhoe or bulldozer to set them off.

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Re: Japan still clearing World War II bombs from Okinawa
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2014, 02:58:21 PM »
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