The detonation on Tuesday concluded the operation to remove the dangerous 5.4-tonne Tallboy bomb at the bottom of a channel in Swinoujscie, a Baltic port city in the far northwest of Poland. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
VIDEO: If the unexploded ‘Tallboy’ bomb dropped by the RAF during World War Two goes off, a seismic wave could threaten nearby port infrastructure and bomb shrapnel could break through the water’s surface threatening local residents. Above ground, the bomb has a destructive range of two kilometres.
The operation to move the bomb, which was most likely dropped by Hitler’s Luftwaffe at the start of the war, began at 8am and took nearly six hours before it could be exploded.
The reconstruction at the site of the Nazi leader’s Wolf’s Lair HQ, used archive documents, photographs, witness testimony and the knowledge of local guides to recreate the room as it was in July 1944.
The investigation found that the emails were linked to three servers based in St. Petersburg, which, according to the investigating journalists, have been used in the past to spread disinformation around the world.
The two men seized were part of an extremist group whose plans were modelled on terrorist attacks carried out by Norway killer Anders Breivik and New Zealand lunatic Brenton Tarrant. They were nabbed by officers from Poland’s Internal Security Service in Warsaw and Szczecin following an undercover operation.
The five-tonne Tallboy was one of the biggest bombs ever dropped during the Second World War.