A German B1E 1 KG Incendiary bomb. The bomb consisted of a cylindrical body
A German B1E 1 KG Incendiary bomb.
The bomb consisted of a cylindrical body, made of magnesium alloy, filled with thermite, an incendiary compound, to which a three-finned steel tail was attached. The bomb was designed not explode, but on impact, the needle in the igniter was driven into a small percussion cap, which in turn ignited the thermite filling, and ultimately, the alloy casing itself, producing heat that was sufficient to melt steel.
Large quantities of incendiary bombs were dropped by the Luftwaffe during the 1940 - 41 bombing campaign on British towns and cities. The incendiary bomb proved to be one of the most effective weapons to be used by the German Air Force during the Blitz.
Circa September 1940
Scene showing the bomb damage in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk following an air raid by
Scene showing the bomb damage in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk following an air raid by the German Luftwaffe.
German planes dropped around 1,500 incendiary bombs and eight high explosive weapons over the town in the early hours of the morning on 25th June 1942.
Picture shows A reredos with figures of christ stand undamaged amid the ruins of the 12th Century the morning after the raid
A wrecked bungalow in Clevedon, The South West of England
A wrecked bungalow in Clevedon, The South West of England, in the Bristol and Somerset area.
The house took a double hit, enough to blow the front door off where the 5 occupants could escape.
The bomb fell a few weeks before the main Bristol raids.
Bristol was England's fifth most heavily bombed city, from 24th November 1940 to 15th May 1944.
Picture taken 3rd September 1940