THE CADIZ BIG BANG
THE 1947 EXPLOSION WHICH DESTROYED HALF THE CITY
One August evening back in 1947, a mighty explosion destroyed most of the city of Cadiz outside the ancient walls. What happened and why…………. and, more particularly, what was the aftermath in the 70 years since that fateful night, is the subject of this talk.
The city of Cadiz lies at the end of a promontory jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. It has been occupied for over 3000 years, since the Phoenicians, owing to the huge natural harbour that the promontory creates. This harbour has become not only a major port but also a mecca for ship-related industries such as repair and maintenance.
There was, though, also a strategic advantage that was appreciated during the Civil War and which led to some strange weaponry being stored near the city. The reason why and the lengths that the Franco regime went to try to airbrush the event out of history, is only matched by the detective work over the past decade that has revealed the true story of what happened.
Andrew Roberts BSc MBA CEng MICE MCIM
Andrew is a retired Chartered Engineer and a Graduate from the Department of Civil Engineering at Southampton University. He has been involved in a wide range of construction projects during a 45 year career ranging from dock wharfs and bridges through major military installations to hospitals and care facilities. An avid traveller, he ran a niche market travel company for ten years before retiring.
Becoming bored by retirement, he recently embarked on a new career of lecturing both on engineering and other topics that interest him. He has spoken to U3A International both in Marbella and Alhaurin on several occasions as well as on British cruise lines where his talks on the Panama Canal are very popular.
When not travelling or lecturing on cruises, he divides his time between homes in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and Alhaurin de la Torre, Malaga