The partially melted bells

    The partially melted bells in the church of Oradour-sur-Glane, near the entrance door (which is to the right of view in this picture). It is the fact that bronze melts above the normal temperature generated by wood burning in open air that has led some people to claim that there must have been some other combustible material at work, or possibly explosives hidden in the church: see Model of fire in church for further details and a possible explanation.

Partially melted bells in Oradour church

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