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The first bomb disposal expert: Colonel Vivian Majendie and the original 'war on terror'

By James Crossland, Reader in International History, Liverpool John Moores University
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On the last day of February 1884, the then home secretary Sir William Harcourt rose in the UK parliament to answer a question about a series of bomb attacks on two of London’s major railway stations. He read out details of an initial investigation of two bombs, one which had detonated at Victoria Station and another which had been discovered, unexploded, at Charing Cross.

The bombs, which had been deposited in the stations’ left luggage offices, were of a similar…

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