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Danger Uxb: The Heroic Story of the WWII Bomb Disposal Teams Hardcover – 24 Jun 2010


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 1st Edition edition (24 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408701952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408701959
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Owen is a British author and historian. His first book, "A Serpent in Eden", told the story of the unsolved murder in 1943 of the millionaire Sir Harry Oakes in the Bahamas. "Nuremberg", which was published in 2006, was a fresh look at the prosecution of the leading Nazis after the Second World War, combining eyewitness accounts with extracts from the transcript of the trial itself. In "Danger UXB", Owen dug deep into the archives to bring to light the heroic early days of bomb disposal during the Blitz of 1940-41.
His most recent book, ''Commando'', published in 2012, is a new history of the wartime British raiding force, focusing on 20 of their most important operations. These include the surprise attack on Rommel's desert HQ, the assault on the batteries at Dieppe and the D-Day landings. It also recounts lesser-known missions such as Musketoon - the attempt to destroy a power station in Norway - and Explorer, an amphibious operation in Syria which pitted British soldiers against a French enemy for the last time. The book, which draws extensively on interviews with and accounts by Commando veterans, features many of their leading personalities, including David Stirling and Roger Courtney, who went on to found the SAS and SBS respectively, as well as Norwegian hero Anders Lassen VC.
With Guy Walters, Owen has also edited "The Voice of War", an anthology of first-hand experiences of the 1939-45 conflict, as recorded in diaries, letters and memoirs of the time.

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** 'Owen's talent is to bring alive these personal stories while also explaining the science of what these brave men were trying to do . . . This detailed and dramatic book more than does justice to their memory (Financial Times)

** 'Owen is a reliable guide to this fascinating and under-celebrated aspect of our record of military defiance, ingenuity and sacrifice. He balances explanations of the science and vivid descriptions of the havoc caused by every type of bomb with the ver (DAILY EXPRESS)

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* The Blitz Bomb Disposal Unit - this is the extraordinary tale of men whose job required daily acts of incredible heroism - it's a tale of British ingenuity and technical achievement in seriously adverse circumstances

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barry E. Sheridan on 1 May 2014
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The story of technical and human issues that surrounded handling unexploded bombs and mines is one that needs to be told. The all around courage and sense that lies at the heart of this endeavour makes this an essential read. From a look at the design of the fuse technologies to the methods used to overcome and defeat these fiendishly ingenious devices is told without loosing sight of the fact that at the end of the day someone put their life on the line to win. We were lucky to have had such people willing to do what is genuinely dangerous work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Airspotter on 4 Mar 2014
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I have read this book twice in hard copy from our library and had trouble putting it down. When I saw a copy for Kindle I couldn't resist getting a copy of my own. This is a great story of the technical aspects of bomb disposal and of the courage of the men who pitted their wits against the German fuse designers in outer to save lives and property during WW2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan of Essex on 9 Jan 2014
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This book was actually purchased as a Christmas present for my sister, who "Lives to read" and especially books from the WW11 period,(we lived in Sratford, London during that time and are not unfamiliar with UXB's) written by "People who were there" or related by such people to the author.
My sister is a harsh critic of any book from this period purporting to be factual and "Real." Her report to me is that she finds this book very hard to put down. It contains a great deal of information and personal experiences that she has not read before and although she has not finished it yet, there has not been one adverse comment. Personally speaking, I am only concerned that the level of excitement may be too much for someone in their late eighty's.

My sister is not an easy person to please, no-one gets rubbish past her, therefore on her recommendation, I have no hesitation in giving this book Five Stars.
If you think that this is just ancient history and doesn't really matter, these people lived (and many died) doing this work.
To bring a little bit of realism into it, imagine sitting at work in front of a UXB, instead of your computer and your boss telling you to de-fuse it."Sorry, they didn't send the instructions with it." One false move.........
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MR A D WARD on 3 Aug 2013
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Having seen Bomb disposal close up as an ex serviceman this book filled in a hudge gap in my knowledge about the people involved in the disposal of unexploded devices both enemy and our own during world war 2 am now going to read the activities of the UXB Malta GC personnel as a follow up an excellent read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracey V. Huber on 9 July 2013
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downloaded this for my elderly dad whilst on holiday and it kept him quiet although I could not use my tablet and had to buy him a kindle for Fathers' Day when we got back. He found this a real eye opener. Ideal for anyone interested in war history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brianloveday on 7 Jun 2013
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Again a present for one of our sons who likes to know about history and what makes people go into these dangerous jobs
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dwood on 25 Feb 2013
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almost instant delivery excellent service the book describes the exploits and beginings of the bomb disposal organisation its development and highs and lows
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barker on 15 Mar 2012
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valuable as a work of history but also an interesting and exciting narrative, a typical British story of ordinary men doing extraordinary jobs with little in the way of resources and in spite of the bureacracy
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