Ammo casings is one of the items one often find while searching on battlefields. I have a thing for damaged and exploded casings of any caliber and am always happy when I find a torn example. Here is some of the ones I saved this season.
Two WW1 7.62 Mosin casings.
Two Russian 12.7mm casings from IL2 Sturmovik or the DP Machinegun.
A German 20mm FLAK.
Russian 14.5 mm for a heavy machinegun.
During WW2 there were many variations of close combat knifes made for soldiers to carry. This season I found three Puma fighting knives in he same pach of forest. In May 1945 Gebirgsjägers having fought in Finland and Russia capitulated and threw a lot of their equipment at this place before returning home to Austria and Germany . They have all seen better days, but one of them had the bakelit grip still intact, and I found a scabbard in the same forest so it makes a cool little set.
Some trench-art items found this season. Both German soldier made and Soviet/Yugoslav POW items.
A signal flare casing made into a candle holder. Found in a dumping pit in a German WH camp.
Another flare casing made into a shot glass or candleholder. This is engraved "Radfahrberg" which was a fighting position on the front west of Murmansk. Found on a capitulation place in Nordland.
Carved wooden ashtray. Found on a German WH camp.
"Home-made" POW dog-tag. It read : Stalag 2H 13530 and has some artistic engravings on the other side. Found in a garbage pit near a German WH camp where POWs stayed after the liberation in 1945.
A piece of scrapped trench art. Found in the same place as the tag above.
POW shank? Found in the same pit as the two last items above.
Part of a carved wooden bird. Traces of red paint on it. Found together with the last items above.