Books

  

You will find a selection of books on the work of Bomb Disposal that can be purchased from most book retailers or found in your local library:

 

 

 

Autumn 1940:The Front Line is now Britain itself. Cities are blitzed night after night and even after the bombers have turned for home, a deadly menace remains: thousands upon thousands of UXBs.

 

 

Bomb Hunters tells the story of the British army's elite bomb disposal experts, men who face death every day in the most dangerous region of the most lethal country on earth – Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

 

 

 

 

 As the Regia Aeronautica and the Luftwaffe unleashed their full might against the island of Malta, the civilian population was in the eye of the storm. Faced with the terror of the unexploded bomb, the Maltese people looked for help to the Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal.

 

 

 In 1944 the V-1s and V-2s, Hitler's 'vengeance' weapons, were regarded by the Allied leaders in London as the single greatest threat they had faced. It was feared that these flying bombs and rockets might turn the tide of war once again in Germany's favour. 

 

 

 

This is the first book, written after the security embargo had been raised, to give a full account of the work of Bomb Disposal, its origins, its problems, its technical development under the tutelage of the Department of Scientific Research, its methods devised in the midst of emergency,; it covers the work of Companies in the Middle East and in Europe during and after the invasion

 

 

Major Hogben , himself an Ex-Bomb Disposal Officer , has written this book with clarity and with descriptions that anyone can understand.Its an outstanding book and one that is read and re read over again ,marvell at the dangerous world of bomb disposal.

 

 

 

 

Experiences of a Bomb Disposal Officer, He tells of working day after day, night after night during the London Blitz, of narrow escapes, the cheerfulness and courage of the NCO's and the men of the Royal Engineers, who often spent days digging down to 20 feet in water and mud, in danger every minute of the shaft caving in or the sound of ticking starting...

 

 

An account of the cat-and-mouse game of World War II, played out between British Bomb Disposal Officers and the German ordanance designers who kept devising new ways to make "the perfect bomb". The book shows surviving bombs and fuses and how the disposal teams had to outwit the latest design.


 

Author Lt Col Eric Wakeling RE (Ret'd)has written a great account of his experiences working in Bomb Disposal in England during WW2; he traces his entry into the military and his early training, then commission, into the Royal Engineers.At the outbreak of WW2, the (then) LT Wakeling found himself immediately engaged in the thick of things, when the first air raids started, he lost all of his assigned transport in one raid.


 

 

This book tells the stories of the brave men and women who render safe unexploded bombs, mines, and other explosive nasties wherever they come to light in this country and abroad, on land and in the oceans of the world. In the UK the Luftwaffe dropped 500,000 bombs and mines,45,000 of which did not detonate. Many were fitted with time delay fuses, and a few were duds. Casualties were high, the Army lost over 400 officers and men, the Navy 22 and the Airforce 14, mainly in the UK. 


 

Danger of UXBs: True Stories of Wartime Bomb Disposal Heroism



Charles 'Jack' Henry George Howard, GC, 20th Earl of Suffolk & Berkshire, born into the noble formidable House of Howard, possessed extraordinary courage. He began working in bomb disposal in close proximity with his secretary Beryl, and Fred his chauffeur, and the three became widely known as The Holy Trinity.



Stephen Hambrook's first encounter with a bomb came as an eight-year-old when a German missile destroyed the roof of his family home in south London, in 1941. He had close encounters with them for the rest of his life. He spent nearly three decades as a bomb disposal expert with the British Army, and his courage and determination saw him awarded the George Medal, an MBE (Military Division) and many other accolades.