Thousands of unexploded WWII bombs still below ground in Slovenia

Pivka, 3 July - Eighty years since the Allied powers began bombing Europe to defeat Germany in the WWII, some 6,000 unexploded bombs are still estimated to be below ground in Slovenia. Because of the danger they represent, historian Sašo Radovanovič has been calling for better regulation and mapping of danger zones.

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British bomb technician adding a detonator into an aerial bomb.
Photo: SAAF WW2 Heritage Site website

Photo of Maribor after the 8 March 1945 bombing, showing the craters of exploded and unexploded bombs.
Photo: National Collection of Aerial Photography, Edinburg

Aerial recording of Maribor in 2023 with geolocations of unexploded ordnance marked by the Geodetic Institute of Slovenia and historian Sašo Radovanovič.
Photo: Geodetic Institute of Slovenia

The Bombing of Slovenia 1944-1945 monograph by historians Sašo Radovanovič and Lara Dreu.
Photo: Eva Horvat/STA

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