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Danger UXB- Great EOD/UXO drama on YT


John Kettler
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Danger UXB is a lat '70s British wartme drama which is based on the memoirs of one of Britain's first UXB (UneXploded Bomb) specialists, and the show had expert technical advice and weapon support, too. If you liked "Hope and Glory," you'll probably like this.

As the show unfolds, it gives quite a look at life during the Blitz, how people coped (or didn't), the war of the boffins, wartime lives and loves--all forming the canvas for the vital, and terribly expensive in injuries and lives, work of dealing with ever more difficult German munitions and fuzes. I found the show very well done, yet simultaneously approachable and groggy. Had seen less than half an hour of this show decades ago, and that was that.

German Explosive Ordnance: Bombs, Fuzes, Rockets... is useful background reading and will show you, when watching, the amazing technical fidelity in the show.

http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/ref/TM/pdfs/TM9-1985-2-German.pdf

Or you can skip it and simply watch Danger UXB.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dem3UoLueE

And how's this for a weird synchronicity? Two days after watching a Danger UXB episode, I received a rare visit from my brother, and part of our outing was Half Price Books, where I was shocked to encounter, in a relatively small WW II section with myriad potential book titles, a nonfiction book called Danger UXB. Was too shocked to buy it, but am working to rectify that situation, there being few such accounts of how the UXB effort came to be and the techniques were developed.

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John Kettler

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Danger UXB is a lat '70s British wartme drama...

I caught about half the shows in this series on PBS back in the early '80s and it has been on my Netflix list for about three years now, slowly working its way to the top. Maybe I should give it a nudge.

BTW, Foyle's War is very good at giving the wartime ambience, plus some nice shots of a flying Spitfire.

Michael

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  • 3 weeks later...

Michael Emrys,

There seems to be a companion book to the series. Also called Danger UXB, it's authored by M. J. Jappy and is based on both interviews and research. Not only is the book well-written and most informative, but it also has a considerable set of well-chosen pics. I used "seems" because there are confusing references to a two-part documentary series, but elsewhere, there's talk about what appears to be the ITV show. Half Price Books had/has it for six bucks. I highly recommend this book.

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John Kettler

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