Posted: 26/06/2016 at 17:26
These stories are certainly putting the current situation into perspective aren't they?
My paternal grandmother lived in Coventry during the war. They went home after one of the bombing raids and were unable to unlock the door. When they finally got in and removed the lock they discovered the inside of it had completely melted. The assumption being that a piece of shrapnel had entered via the keyhole and done the damage.
Sadly, she also experienced far worse. The story is that during another raid a parachute was seen falling, and Polish troops who were stationed nearby went to get what they assumed was a downed German pilot. It wasn't a pilot, it was a parachute bomb so you may imagine the carnage. Gran was an auxilliary nurse and one of the first on scene. In later years she totally lost the plot and it's thought that experience was part of the reason.
Our worries about financial impact seem trivial by comparison, troubling though they are.