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Prepare to meet your God


A British Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technical Officer approaches a suspect device at the junction of Manor Street and Oldpark Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 1970s

The Manor Street marked the line between protestant and catholic neighbourhoods. The quotation on the sign on the building to the left is from the Old Testament (Amos 4:12) and it reads: “Prepare to meet your God “. 

Probably the most discouraging thing to possibly read before approaching something that may or may not blow you to pieces.

What is even more morbid, is that the technician pictured is already within the “kill” radius for an explosive of that size. Fortunately, the technician in this photo did not lose his life, the bomb did not explode.

During the 38-year campaign in Northern Ireland, 23 British ATO bomb disposal specialists were killed in action.

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