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Bomb Disposal in World War Two (Hardback)

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By Chris Ransted
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: The National Archives
Pages: 282
Illustrations: 195
ISBN: 9781526715654
Published: 17th January 2018




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For this book, Chris Ransted has researched some of the lesser known events and personalities relating to the early years of Explosive Ordnance Disposal in the UK. Daring acts of cold blooded bravery, and ingenuity in the face of life threatening technical challenges, are recounted throughout the book.

Included are numerous previously unpublished accounts and photographs that describe the disarming of German bombs, parachute mines, and even allied bombs found at aircraft crash sites. In addition, the book contains the most comprehensive account ever published of the Home Guard’s role with the Auxiliary Bomb Disposal Units, and details of conscientious objector’s involvement with unexploded bombs.

This is not only a valuable research tool for serious researchers already well read on the subject, but also a fascinating read for those with no previous knowledge of wartime bomb disposal at all, and of course a must read for anyone interested in the subject.


The brave, selfless actions of those involved in bomb disposal in and after World War Two preserved countless human lives and this book gives us a valuable insight into the work of many unsung heroes, not all of whom survived to enjoy the glory from their sacrifices.

Best of British, February 2019

Having reviewed several bomb disposal books in previous issues, this one caught my attention as it mentions the role of the Home Guards and Auxiliary Bomb Disposal Units. I never knew the Home Guard had such units or that big factories provided their own Auxiliary Bomb Disposal Units.
Using the National Archives, the author has researched some of the lesser known events and focused on personalities from the early years disarming of German bombs., parachute mines, even allied combs jettisoned or found in crash sites.

Military Vehicle Trust issue 168

All together a fascinating book, packed with detailed research and supported by plenty of reference photos from the collection of the National Archives.

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Military Model Scene - Robin Buckland

The publisher has established a reputation for correcting the neglect of important military history and this book is another fine example. The unsung story of WWII was the battle between bomb disposal units and German armourers. It required a special type of courage and a special type of man – Much Recommended.

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About Chris Ransted

Chris Ransted works at The National Archives. His interest in the war years came about as a child, listening to family tales of life in London’s docklands during the Blitz. Since a teenager he has collected artefacts and information relating to bomb disposal, and is devoted to keeping the memory of these brave men alive.

He has had numerous magazine articles published on Bomb Disposal, as well as the books, Disarming Hitler’s V-Weapons and Bomb Disposal and the British Casualties of WW2.

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