Monday, July 19, 2021

My train in Germany was delayed by bombs

Yesterday, I was changing trains in Hanover, but my connecting train to Bremen was delayed. While the announcements for other delayed trains all mentioned floods and the storms that caused them, mine was delayed by bombs. A civil war had not broken out in Lower Saxony, though; the bombs in question were dropped on Hanover by British and American airplanes during the Second World War. The defusing of the bombs (and the controlled exploding of one) started just past noon, a few minutes before I arrived in Hanover, and took over five hours. I was surprised to learn how long it took, because my train was only delayed by fifty minutes. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 19 July 2021)


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