An Untold Story From World War II Revealed
One of the darkest periods in human history is the Second World War.
The sheer scale of human, animal and plant destruction, as well as the complete slaughter of the ecosystem and the transformation of the natural topography of countries in Europe and Asia into bombing raids due to air raids is something nobody wants to remember.
The generation of people who grew up and experienced this world war is naturally declining because of their death over 70 years ago, and even memories of this dark past are quickly dwindling in the minds of this generation.
However, historians have tried to keep the memory of the World War alive with documented stories and events that may not have been told at the peak or end times of the war.
Here is a story that may not have made the headlines of the big papers back then, but its importance for the war effort can not be undermined.
Colossal explosion at the Soham Railway!
This happened before the infamous D-Day and it's a story about the guts of a freight-passenger named Benjamin Gimbert and his firefighter colleague James Nightall.
The two were assigned to transport bombs destined for the USAF stationed at White Colne, Essex in the United Kingdom.
It was June 2, 1944, and the two gentlemen were in a freight train delivering the high-flow cargo.
Suddenly, when they reached a small village in Cambridgeshire known as Soham, Benjamin Gimbert discovered that one of the carts was on fire, and given the fact that their cargo was made of explosives, the sight of the burning car was simply shocking.
Benjamin then decided that it would be better to stop a burning freight train than to drive it. He slowed and finally stopped the burning freight train.
The freight train was only 128 meters from Soham station. James Nightall stepped out of the train and did not walk on his heels, but went to the burning cart to disengage him. Their intention was to remove the freight train from the burning car before the explosive was ignited, but time was not on their side and about seven minutes after Benjamin saw the fire and stopped the train, the bombs exploded.
Benjamin Gimbert was thrown by the force of the explosion 200 meters away. The explosion killed two employees of the railway company, who were trying to warn other trains that came to the station of the danger, and the explosion completely destroyed the Soham station building, 200 meters away, leaving behind a crater 20 feet or 6 meters deep as a result of Explosion.
Incredible because of the importance of the railway line for the war effort of the British and Allied forces, she worked perfectly until the evening again.
The British government paid tribute to the bravery of Benjamin Gimbert and James Nightall, and awarded them the prestigious prize for bravery outside of combat, the so-called George Cross, in recognition of their courage and selfless sacrifice.
If you go to Soham today, there are two commemorative plaques commemorating their heroic deed in honor of these esteemed gentlemen.