Tau des Todes


Autor: Lorenz Stassen

Format: TV 90 Min.



Life in the North Sea Wiped Out – for the next Hundred Years!


This could become a real news headline.  The danger is imminent. Thousands of tons of munition and poisonous gas  lie on the ocean bed in corroding containers. After the two World Wars, huge stocks of munition from German arsenals were loaded onto allied vessels and thrown overboard.  In 1945 at least 1.5 million tons of war munition, including more than 90 tons of highly poisonous chemical agents, were sunk in the sea. One sixth of that would suffice to wipe out all life in the North Sea for one hundred years, or longer.

Sooner or later, the corroding metal containers filled with chemical agents such  as mustard gas, chloroplicine, phosgene, arsenic compounds and many other poisonous substances will explode. No one knows when this is going to happen, but it definitely will happen.  In the former German Democratic Republic and in Poland, accidents involving mustard gas have already occurred, most recently in 1997. Fishing boats regularly trap mustard gas containers and shells in their nets. (see the reports in „Trouw“ Amsterdam, November 2011, „Focus“ May 1998 and Associated Press May 2013).

The Heligoland Bight, with its attractive seaside resort of St. Peter-Ording is one of the most popular holiday venues in Germany.  But lying offshore are the biggest resting places of live munition dating back to both of the two World Wars. They form a veritable time-bomb quietly ticking away on the seabed and posing a awesome threat to this holiday-makers’  paradise!