On October 16th 1939, the German Luftwaffe raided the Firth of Forth, near Edinburgh, Scotland, damaging several naval ships and buildings. How did one group of civilians have an uncomfortably close view of the action?

Answer: A train full of travelers was mistakenly given the all clear to cross the forth rail bridge in the middle of the battle. Miraculously the strategically important bridge was not attacked, with one possible reason being that German pilots saw the civilian train crossing the bridge and held back an attack.

Source: Impaled upon the Thistle by Ewen Cameron

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