German WW2 Bombs, Bomb Fuzes and Rockets

I took a little break from this blog but am now back with a new post, showing German WW2 bombs and their fuzes, as well as German rockets (both air and ground fired).

The front page says there are grenades and igniters here, but I covered those on another post.

This book was first published in 1953 so contains many pieces of ordnance that you may not be familiar with. It does also, however, carry all the things you are familiar with!

Now I admit, it is not everyday you come across a German bomb or rocket, and if you did, I was expect your first reaction is to run away very fast, not hang around and take pics. And definitely not dig it up and drag it back to your car! But it is an excellent reference source, especially for those who specialise in aircraft recovery, so hope you will find it useful and interesting.

During the filming for season 1 of WW2 Treasure Hunters we did recovery a 500kg bomb from the crash site of a JU88. Fortunately it had burnt out and was totally safe, but there is nothing quite like watching one of those being placed on the ground from a digger bucket for getting your hairs to stand on end!

On with the book. Some pics aren’t great quality, but good enough to publish here.

 

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And here is the 500kg bomb recovered from the JU88 crash site, along with the bomb carrier itself.

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500kg Bomb carrier, prior to cleaning

 

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Data plates on the bomb carrier
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Cleaned 500kg bomb carrier from a JU88
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The 500kg bomb itself, after a bit of cleaning. The 2 fuze pockets can be clearly seen, as can the damage to the rear of the bomb, caused during the crash, and which allowed the contents to ‘burn out’.

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