WWII Quiz - Page 64




 
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April 9th, 2006  
LeEnfield
 
 
Okay lets bring out the Answer...Britains first Atom bomb was built just south of London near Seven Oaks. If you ever drive south along the M25 and you get about 10 miles north of Seven Oaks you should be on top of a place shown on the maps as Polhill and when you are the top of this hill you will see a couple bunker type buildings surrounded by wire fencing with some military signs. There are the entrance to an underground city which was used to manufacture ordnance during WW2 and was completely bomb proof. This place had it's own hospitals and restaurants and ran for many miles underground. Through Polhill runs a railway line and there was even a spur that went into this factory which was used to move all the munitions and even the first atomic bomb for testing from this site. How do I know all this, well lived there near there also the British Government made a film about the construction of Britain's Atomic bomb and they showed you it being constructed there, and I suppose that they felt it was a fairly safe place to build it.
April 9th, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
Well, that place must be very safe than!
April 9th, 2006  
Dean
 
 
That IS interesting!! I never heard about that one... but then again, the British government was hardly going to share that information with the likes of me! So, ummm, Whose turn is it?

If nobody has a question, how is this? At the end of the war, Berlin was attacked by elements of two Soviet fronts, and the few remaining Nazi defenders were fighting a hopeless battle to repuse them. One of the enduring myths that started at that time was that the Russians descended into the tunnels under the city, flooded them, and killed so many people that bodies by the thousands floated out of the tunnels in the days and weeks following the end of the war. While many bodies did indeed come out, the Soviets had little, if anything to do with it. What caused the flood in the tunnels and where did the bodies come from?

Good Luck!!!!

Dean.

(If it's someone's turn, I'll save it for later)
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April 10th, 2006  
Dean
 
 
Uh-oh. The last 2 questions that I asked were too easy. Did I make this one too hard?

Dean.
April 11th, 2006  
Ted
 
 
It shouldn't be too hard if the proper cause is mentioned somewhere on the net. If I have to calculate the water displacement to flood underground systems, volumes needed etc... it will become harder of course.
It might have to do with capillairy (or how you might write that in English) system, which is the border of ground water and can rise of course, due to all kinds of reasons.
April 11th, 2006  
redcoat
 
 
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Originally Posted by Dean
What caused the flood in the tunnels and where did the bodies come from?

Good Luck!!!!

Dean.
Going off memory and without looking it up.
I seem to recall it was the SS who flooded the tunnels, in order to deny their use to the Soviets, who could have used them to bypass the German defence lines.
The bodies I believe, came from the unfortunate people who were using the Tube system (subway) to shelter from the air raids
April 11th, 2006  
Dean
 
 
I'll accept that. The Germans did indeed flood the tunnels. However, the interesting part is that there is much doubt as to whether they actually intended to flood them. They were afraid that the Russians would come in with tanks and destroy everything and everyone. (It actually did happen once. One poor T-34 driver never saw an entrance to a subway station, and ended up barrelling down the steps and a bit of the way into the tunnel. I never did find out what happened to them. Backing out must have been... problematic!) In order to deny access to the Russians, they decided to dynamite the largest tunnel. Unfortunately they planted the charge on the roof of the tunnel under the Speer Canal. The roof came down, the water came in and some flooding occured. Now, here is where the reality differs from the myth. Contrary to popular belief, the tunnels did not fill all the way upwith water. According to Beevor's "The Battle for Berlin", some of the tunnels filled up to about waist deep at the deepest points. However, one of the flooded tunnels contained a hospital, and many of the weakened patients were unable to avoid the rising waters, and most of them simply drowned. As most of the patients had been wounded in the battle, many who saw these drowned, wounded bodies came to the conclusion that the Russians did it. While they were far from being Saints in Berlin, they had nothing to do with this one. So, once again, on to you Redcoat.

Dean.
April 12th, 2006  
Ted
 
 
I did not know that! So I learn something new everyday.... isn't life grand.
April 13th, 2006  
redcoat
 
 
Aircraft one this time


Name the first American built aircraft to shoot down an enemy aircraft while in RAF service.
April 14th, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
I bet it's a bi-plane.