Heligoland fact and video of the day

In 1947 British forces set off here the largest non-nuclear explosion on record, blowing up what was left of Hitler’s island fortress.

That is from the new (and recommended) book Heligoland: Britain, Germany, and the Struggle for the North Sea, by Jan Ruger.

Here is further information, the blast was estimated to be one-third the power of Hiroshima, note that Heligoland is a holiday resort once again.

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Britain traded Heligoland for Zanzibar- which made a decent profit, unlike German Tanganika.
So what if it was the site for the disposal of surplus explosives?

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Here's a somewhat smaller, but none the less satisfying explosion in the Straights of Georgia. A place Capt. George Vancouver described as "one of the vilest stretches of water in the world." https://youtu.be/6W9PV_s_zF4?t=117

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it was the largest up until that point in history. Minor Scale and Misty Picture in the 1980s were larger.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minor_Scale
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misty_Picture

I was going to write the same thing until it occurred to me that the 80s bombs themselves were larger but not the total energy released. That is, those were two separate explosions while Heligoland was thousands in a small area.

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ANFO is not that expensive. I can't think of any reason why anyone would want to go to Heligoland. So perhaps they should hold a re-enactment?

I would pay to see that. From a safe distance.

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"""""the blast was estimated to be one-third the power of Hiroshima, note that Heligoland is a holiday resort once again.""""

So is Hiroshima.

True, but it doesn't fit the narrative.

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Ever been to Heligoland? It's OK for a day trip. It's main attraction for German mainlanders used to be its duty-free shopping (of booze).The cliffs are an attraction on its own, at least because "Lange Anna" is supposed to collapse in -10 years (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lange_Anna). Partly because of the bomb you see in the video above.

Also there's seals on the beach. And they need more YIMBYism, a vote to expand the island lost by 5%.

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My (non-joking) Straussian reading of this blog post: We can't be complacent and we can't all be non-complacent infovores; some of us have to go out and blow big things up.

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It'll be Putin's soon.

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Bristol-based trip hop band Massive Attack named their 2010 CD release "Heligoland".

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Atomic bomb explosions are prettier too.

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Interesting. This post sent me down the rabbit hole of learning about the other islands in the North Sea, which you never hear anything about.

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