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Book Description

Six Large Format Photographs from 25x 20 to 22 x 15cm. Three have some tape residue to top (see photos), a few light crease marks. Typescript on the reverse of one ‘The plaster mill was completely shattered by the ammunition dump explosion in 1944. This picture was taken only a few hours after the earth erupted and the whole of the landscape in the area dramatically changed’. Also on reverse handwritten ‘Crater & Ruined Plaster Mill’, ‘Fauld Crater 1944’, ‘Staton’s Plaster Mills after the Fauld Explosion’. One photograph shows 5 very serious looking officers. One of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history & the largest to occur on UK soil.
Dealer Notes
Three RAF Fauld Explosion was a military accident which occurred at 11:11am on Monday 27th November 1944 at the underground munitions storage depot in Staffordshire. It was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history and the largest on UK soil.
Between 3,500 and 4,000 tonnes of high explosives caused an explosion crater 30m deep and 230m across.
A nearby reservoir was obliterated, along with a complete farm & several other buildings. Flooding caused by the destruction of the reservoir added to the damage of the explosion.
The exact death toll is uncertain, over 70 people died in the explosion and resulting flood.
Two hundred cattle were also killed by the explosion.
The explosion was so loud it could be heard as far away as North Africa.
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Date 1944
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Condition Very Good
Pages 6

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