About 250,000 remain, 5000 are unearthed and disarmed each year.
Occasionally, someone unearths one and it explodes.
Yesterday, in Euskirchen, a digger operator working in a crushing and grading plant hit a biggie which killed him, injured 12, broke windows in a 1km radius and registered as a 0.6 earthquake 40km away.
“Close to home” because Ms jb’s maternal grandfather (the family lived/still lives in a small village just outside Euskirchen) was killed in a bombing raid on the Euskirchen railway station in September 1944.
Went to work, never came home.
Elisa, his 23 year old daughter and my lovely (late) mother-in-law, rode her bike into town to make sure that he was alright and was held back by his workmates.
Much as I miss her (and I miss her like Christmas and birthdays rolled into one…), I’m glad she didn’t experience yesterday.
Can’t begin to imagine the pain it would have dragged out the recesses of her subconscious….