The 25th. Bomb Disposal . Co. Royal Engineers L.H.G.

The Group was formed on May 8th 2004 as a non combatant group, to portray the lesser known story on the home front of the Bomb Disposal Companies of the Royal Engineers, operating between 1939 - 45 here solely in the UK.

At the start of WW11, and early into 1940, the job of  bomb disposal fell to the ARP & Civil Defence Corps.

The Royal Engineer B.D. units were officially formed in May that year.

In September 1940, after just two weeks of the Blitz, there were more than 3,700 unexploded bombs waiting to be dealt with in London alone.

The unknown quantity of these UXBs were crippling the nation: People were too frightened to return to their homes & factories central to the war effort, and key roads and railways were closed for fear of the damage that an explosion could cause.

Armed with the most basic equipment & little information, the Newly formed Royal Engineer sections were sent out to extinguish the threats of UXBs. In some cases, these UXBs were to be defused ‘regardless of loss of life to bomb disposal personnel.

Therefore the group is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of the work of the Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal units during WWII.

We are based in the south of England in Hampshire, and the group is under command of Capt. Mike Authers. The group provides static displays of ordnance with talks, Interactive course for children, also set piece scenarios & demonstrations , such as defusing UXBs, Butterfly bomb disposal, short film show, And how  firebombs were dealt with.

We set off a Small controlled Pyrotechnic to add realism in sound to scenario outdoors, Same at schools at end of day if required.

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Here is short programme of school visit which is an all day set.

We are available for Educational School Talks includes Demonstrations of WW11 Bomb Disposal. Suitable for 7 - 11yr olds ( yr 3 - 6 ) Key Stage 2 ,KS3, yr. 7.8.9.. KS4, yr. 10.11. ,  KS.6 (six form.)

Which includes: Introduction Talk about Bomb Disposal in WW11 Static Display of Ordnance in classroom Demonstration on how bombs  were defused Types of fuses & Booby traps How mines were laid/ detected & defused. 5min DVD of WW11 Govt. Public Warnings. The Butterfly bombs how they were disposed of,( as they could not be defused) & Types. Question & Answer & Competition. Interactive Bomb Disposal Course, which features Observation, Mine detecting & Bomb Defusing., this gives Pupils an insight & ‘hands on feeling into Bomb Disposal work. All Pupils in Class will receive a Certificate & leaflets from WW11.   Please Note.. As a non combatant group we do not carry or show firearms or knives in schools. We have PLI and Risk Assessment  pictures are from outside events and school .we do not dig holes our static display of ordnance is condensed ie two tables and any bangs are outside .


KS2 Age 7-11, KS3 Age 11-13, KS4 Age 14-16, KS5 Age 16-18


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