70-Year-Old Spanish Civil War Bomb Finally Disabled

After hanging on a pine tree for over seven decades, a Spanish Civil War bomb was recently, and finally, disabled.

According to reports, the said Spanish Civil War bomb was specifically a Montero Granada. Believed to have been thrown by a soldier during the conflict, but had missed its mark and instead was struck in the pine tree, it had hung in its location for the last 75 years dormant. Nevertheless, the said Spanish Civil War bomb did not lose its power and it can be deadly when exploded.

A team of bomb disposal technicians from the Guardia Civil in Aragon removed and properly disposed of the over 70-year-old Spanish Civil War bomb. Accordingly, the said team had neutralized about 110 other explosive devices dating to the Spanish Civil War era in the first quarter of this year. The number is twice as much as what they were able to work on in the first quarter of last year.

The 110 Spanish Civil War explosives they were able to correctly set off include aircraft bombs as well as hand and mortar grenades. Specifically, a total of 28 hand grenades from the Spanish Civil War were deactivated along with 21 mortar rounds and four aerial bombs. Most of the devices  they abrogated were from the towns within the province of Teruel. About 64 Spanish Civil War explosive devices were found within this area. meanwhile, 24 of the Spanish Civil War bombs were found active within the Zaragosa province and another 23 in Huesca.

From the 110 devices dating to the conflict, 54 were found to be active.

Historically speaking, Spain was torn by the Spanish Civil war between the years of 1936 and 1939. The bitter war raged with the Republicans on the other side and the Nationalists on the other.

The areas where the explosives were found were once front lines of the Spanish Civil War.

Heziel Pitogo

Heziel Pitogo is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE