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Kramatorsk, Shanghai and Tarragona: three stations based on pumps

On April 8, the war unleashed by Russia in Ukraine offered a new scene of horror. The Kramatorsk railway station, caught by more than a thousand people who tried to flee from the cliffs near the frontier, at 10:30 (local time), the impact of two Russian cruiser missiles.

It is the third of two Toshka-U equipped with cluster bombs (each projectile had a large number of small bombs of high explosion, shrapnel, incendiaries, etc. that are scattered over an area often causing great devastation). It is a type of weaponry proscribed in many countries and extremely effective against concentrations of people or vehicles.

Initially it is going to count thirty-nou fatalities. The press of the 10th had a talk of fifty-set morts, gifts and children quasi tots, and more than a hundred people hospitalized. Malgrat Putin’s intoxication, so well supported in the social circles of the two ideological extremes, Russia’s culpability in the attack is out of the question.

The railway is a powerful weapon against war. The great ability to rapidly move large quantities of people and material had been demonstrated in the North American Civil War (1861-65).

In 1870 he will be able to verify Napoleon III when Bismarck will pose for more than three hundred thousand homes armed and equipped in two weeks, causing a severe loss and finally costing the crown. The seves virtuts of him però the converteixen in a privileged strategic objectiu.

In the wars of the 20th century, railway installations and material have been a privileged object. But as many civilians are users in the country as in war, the premeditated attack on passenger stations has been an effective instrument destined to cause panic and defeatism of the population.

The first historical episode, also with enormous media relevància, is going to produce the ‘Dissabte de Sang’ (August 28, 1937) in the aftermath of the terrible Battle of Shanghai (August-November 1937), in the si of the II Xino-Japanese War (1937-45) that would end up enllaçant amb the world.

At 4:00 p.m., seven planes of the Imperial Japanese Navy, while they were flying in around Damunt l’Estació del Sud, were going to fill the seven bombs at a time when incomprehensible civilians were waiting for the train to Hangzhou to escape from the Japanese troops who did not complete the block of the metropolis.

Xinès photojournalist HS Wong will obtain various images. One of them iconic of the horrors of war: Davant les runes de l’estació, un molt petit assegut a terra i amb cremades a tot el cos, plora terroritzat.

In one month, the photo had reproduced 136 million cops. These and many other photos of Wong will be decisive in arousing the international rejection of Japanese methods, who harassed Shanghai and shocked world opinion.

The head of HS Wong will be paid a price of $50,000 from the Japanese government, but the family will be able to survive the war (I died in 1981).

Tarragona is going to star shortly after a tragic semblant. On March 10, 1938 at 11:40 a.m., a patrol of three SM-79s from the Aviazione Legionaria (Italian air force included in the national bandol), coming from Mallorca and flying at 5000 m, followed the coast from the north- its T.

Al seu pas per la ciutat van deixar anar cinquanta bombes. Divuit will impact the vies area or damage various railway buildings, three months to the moll and the rest will go to sea. At that time, there was a train of passengers arriving at the station and another one was arriving in Agulles.

Both go over the direct impact of various bombs. The attack will cause thirty-two deaths (tretze gifts) and quaranta ferits, tots ells travelers. Cap dels dos trens was a specifically military transport.

Cal dir que llavors els cotxes de passatgers were gairebé tots de whip and the glass was not security: Això increased the danys: foc i estelles de whip and glass converted into lethal weapons. Malauradament, no hi va cap Wong who immortalizes the drama, which is still largely ignored.

Vuitanta-quatre years després, the station faces the problem of missing some ore of testimony d’homage to those people who varen trobar-engolides in that sad event. It would be worth it for the city of Esmenés, who was late, an unfortunate and unfair oblit.

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