Butterly_Bomb_Warning_Sign

Title: Butterfly Bomb Warning Sign
Author: Paul M. Fenwick
Date: June 2015

Comments:

On the night of 13th June 1943, the Luftwaffe dropped thousands of ‘Butterfly Bombs’ on Grimsby and Cleethorpes.  Scores of people were killed and hundreds injured.  In an attempt to keep the enemy unaware of the success of this new type of anti-personnel device, to lower the chances of repeat attacks elsewhere, reporting restrictions were applied.  To this day, the story of the chaos and destruction in the Grimsby area is not well-known outside Lincolnshire.

Enamel warning signs like this appeared after the attack in the Grimsby area and in other areas of eastern England. Butterfly bombs were dropped in a number of regions but over half the people killed were residents of Grimsby and Cleethorpes.

The wording on the sign is as follows:

DANGER

SMALL (BUTTERFLY) BOMBS MAY

LIE IN THESE HEDGES OR DITCHES.

THEY ARE LIKELY TO EXPLODE

WITH DEADLY EFFECT AT THE

LEAST DISTURBANCE.

KEEP AWAY

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