Bombs and mines from World War I and World War II still turn up on European and Japanese construction sites, backyards, beaches, wildlife preserves and former military training ground. For many countries around the world, all these discoveries aren’t isolated incidents but are caused by hastily cleared ammunition dumps, training ground, mine fields from these conflicts. In England, over 20 percent of the entire landmass has, in the past, been used for military training. This military training has led to uncovered ordnance that dates from musket and cannon balls to modern weapons. Many of the older U.K. ranges can contain an entire historic sampling of ordnance. Clearance of such areas is a top priority because it is being returned to private ownership and should be confirmed “free of ordnance” under existing laws.

The beaches of Britain also proved hard to clear, especially when dealing with shifting shorelines and tides. Approximately 350,000 mines in 2,000 mine fields needed to be cleared. The last mined beach atTrimmingham was eventually opened to the public in 1972. The beach mines proved to be devastating to civilians. One Dorset beach was declared risk-free and open to the public, but it proved deadly to 5 schoolboys who played with a mine that they found. There, beach clearance was completed by the Royal Engineers and Ukrainian prisoners of war. Between 1945 and 1957, 155 deminers were killed and 5 seriously injured.

UXO specialists

Many shells, weapons and munitions fail to explode, leaving them around the battlefield after the fighting is over. Bomb Disposal Specialists are experts in the vital task of safely disposing of unexploded ordnance.

In peacetime, they provide the primary expertise necessary to clear areas, often to permit the normal people to return home. Also, they are professionals in counter-terrorist search – uncovering unlawful arms and bombs.
The Role:

Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Specialists are specialists in the safe disposal of unexploded ordnance, such as mines, shells and explosives that may be left on the battleground after a war. In peacetime, they apply their expertise to clear and make risk-free civilian areas. Before you can UXO Specialists, you must first complete soldier or officer training, Combat Engineer training and then trade training. Then ask to specialise in Explosive Ordnance Disposal.
The Skills:

Once selected for EOD Bomb Disposal training, you’ll undertake a four-week course, which will teach you to recognise various kinds of bomb and ammunition, make them risk-free and then dispose of them. EOD Experts are also trained in counter-terrorist searches and th finding of illegal arms and explosives.

After some further practical experience and promotion, you will complete a 4 week intermediate course which will improve the experiences you have already learnt, train you in advanced demolitions and land mines, and enable you to carry out the duties of the second in command of a Bomb Disposal group.

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