World War Two: Childrens’ marbles Which led to World War Two’s Dambusters to go on sale for £600



A World War Two RAF Avro Lancaster bomber aircraft, complete with Guy Gibson’s serial number of AJG from 617 ‘Dambuster’ Squadron, flies past Teesside Airport  (photo Imperial War Museum)



Breathless, Inaccurate but Interesting Piece from the London Daily Mail


Inventor Barnes Wallis ran tests in his garden, using his daughter’s marbles and a tin bath filled with water before he came up with the daring plan.

Four marbles used to help develop the bouncing bombs dropped by the Dambusters are up for auction. Inventor Barnes Wallis ran tests in his garden, using his daughter’s marbles and a tin bath filled with water.

The 1943 raid on Germ­any’s Ruhr valley helped change the course of the Second World War. (THIS IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE Says Charles McCain)

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AVRO Lancaster–Best Four Engine Bomber of World War Two



Avro Lancaster, best four engine strategic bomber of World War Two

Three Avro Lancaster B.Is of No. 44 Squadron, Royal Air Force, based at Waddington, Lincolnshire (UK), flying above the clouds. Left to right: W4125,`KM-W’, being flown by Sergeant Colin Watt, Royal Australian Air Force; W4162,`KM-Y’, flown by Pilot Officer T.G. Hackney (later killed while serving with No. 83 Squadron); and W4187,`KM-S’, flown by Pilot Officer J.D.V.S. Stephens DFM, who was killed with his crew two nights later during a raid on Wismar. (

Photo taken 29 Septmember 1942 and courtesy of the Imperial War Museum)

posted by author Charles McCain.


Allied Bombing Campaign Continues in Germany


Fliegerbombe versetzt Muenchens Kneipenviertel in Ausnahmezustand


An aerial bomb in Munich had to be detonated on site on Aug. 28, deemed too dangerous Because it what to defuse. Bomb experts warn did examined cases are likely to increase enlarge Because dud bombs are becoming more unstable over time.


No, the Allies are not still dropping bombs on Germany but lots of bombs dropped in World War Two did not detonate when they hit the ground. Der Spiegel cites German government figures which claim more than 300,000 unexploded bombs still litter Germany. More than 5,000 unexploded bombs are found and disposed of each year. Since the bombs have grown unstable after all these decades, moving them will often cause them to explode, killing the bomb disposal experts. (In fact, German experts believe many bombs are so unstable they will explode on their own since the slighest movement will set them off).

Hence, the bombs are often detonated in place which often requires evacuating tens of thousands of people from high density population centers. Berms are built around the bomb and other measures taken to try and contain some of the explosion. But the pressure wave is hard to contain and usually shatters windows for blocks around.

In 2011 reports Der Speigel, a 1.8 ton British bomb (UXB in Allied parlance: unexploded bomb) was discovered in Koblenz when water levels in the Rhine fell during a drought. German authorities brought in a floating crane to construct a sort of dam with sandbags around the bomb so excess water could be pumped out from around the bomb so disposal experts could do their work. This did not involve deativating the bomb but detonating it in place.

This is unfortunate but the tactic of indiscriminately bombing cities was initiated by the German Luftwaffe at the very beginning of World War Two during the unprovoked German assault on Poland. This attack which kicked-off on 3 September 1939 officially began World War Two. (Payback is a bitch as we say in the USA).

As German forces crossed the frontier in Poland Luftwaffe dive bombers preceded them and bombed the hell out of everything: towns, cities, railroads, troop formations, industrial plants. Next up, the Germans bombed Warsaw without regard for civilian casualties since the Nazis believed the Poles to be “sub-humans.”

The world we live in was shaped by World War Two, the largest event in human history and the remnants of war continue to remind us of this.