This is just a little bit of FYI, from the perspective of someone living in Germany. I'm not trying to argue about the war itself (my grandparents' generation started it, committed a crapton of atrocities, then lost, the end), and I'm not trying to argue about the rights or wrongs of certain types of warfare as executed by the Allies. I'm just telling you about its legacy.
For as long as I remember, leftover bombs from World War II that had not detonated (official English term is "unexploded ordnance", also colloquially referred to as "blinds") have been a permanently lingering potential threat that could be lying under the ground beneath our feet. They would regularly be uncovered during excavations for a new construction project, and then numerous city blocks would have to be evacuated, and a bomb squad would be called in to disarm the bomb. Another danger is that the material the bomb is made of has progressively corroded over the decades, and thus there's the real possibility that a bomb might eventually explode on its own. While being buried underneath a building where people live. Since 1947, there have been about 20 auto-detonations, sometimes without being triggered by any outside force.
Just this weekend, there has been a situation in the city of Dortmund, about an hour from where I live, that involved a massive evacuation.
Some statistics I read today that might give you a little bit of perspective as to the scope of this situation: A whopping 1760 (!) WWII bombs have been found last year. And those are only the numbers for the federal state of Germany I live in, and only for the first three quarters of 2019. For the entirety of 2018, the total number was 2811 (!!) bombs.
How about other countries that were bombed during WWII? Do people there also still have to live with the fear of leftover explosives?
Edited by Nevermore, 12 January 2020 - 08:53 PM.