Here is a Red Army RG-42 hand grenade attached to a piece of wood, found on the old battlefields of Kurland by a friend and he sent me it after it had been emptied. I cleaned it up and preserved it. The wood got treated with some oils to prevent it to deteriorate further. I simply love pieces of relics like this and Im considering having the whole thing cast into clear resin:)
Two of my relic Panzerfausts. The one with paint left was found in a Gebirgsjäger capitulationsite in Northern Norway and the other one was dug out in the Kurland Kessel.
Here is some pics of two lovely British combat helmets. Until recently they had laid forgotten in a barn since sometime after the fighting of Norway in April-May 1940.
One of them has "J.E" carved into the brim. Both stamped "1939".
When one is letting the collecting borderline hoarding one can quicly accumulate stacks of boxes filled with relics. That way no one ever gets to see or touch them, so one day I was adding more relics to the piles I decided to begin making displays of them so that they can be shown rather than being forgotten about. Making displays of relics can also be a way to sneak some war memoribila into spaces sometimes controlled by the better half.
Here is some of what I ve made so far, and more will be added as I make them:)
Relics placed on wooden plinths or bases:
Red Army mortar tail fins found in Kurland:
K98 round,found in Northern Norway:
Shrapnel from a large Katyusha rocket found in Kurland:
Floor plating possibly from a PZIV found in Kurland.
Helmet fragments mounted in frames. All these were found in Stalingrad:
Relics placed in frames:
Eagles from supply bags,barnfinds from Northern Norway:
K98 barrell and bullet found in Kurland:
PPS barrell,oiler and rounds,found in Kurland:
Red Army 76mm powder charge bag and two 76mm shells,found in Kurland:
German toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes,found in Northern Norway:
Nivea tins found while metal detecting:
German Red Cross award,found near Berlin:
The lock was found in Stalingrad and the tie down ring in a Gebirgsjäger stable in Northern Norway:
Badges,awards and a Finnish coin found in a Gebirgsjäger capitulation site in Northern Norway:
EKMs and a EK found in Geb.Jägers capitulation site in Northern Norway:
EKM found in Kurland:
Relics found in different sites in Northern Norway:
Display boxes from Ikea:
Messkits and canteen found in Kurland:
A couple of the many bottles I ve dug out this season. These were the ones that made it to my displays:)
Repurposing of Relics.
A battledamaged German helmet found in Stalingrad given new life as a plant pot.
I cleaned up the helmet I dug out a few weeks ago. It revealed alot of paint, some whitewash and the rest of a Heer decal. Very happy with this helmet as it is the only one I ve dug out in Norway so far. It ll get a special place on my shelves.
Shotglasses and candleholders made from Leuchtpistole signals dug out on a Gebirgsjäger capitulation site the last two weeks. One was engraved, it reads "Pfingsten 1945 Prost". Great little finds :)
Last week I was digging in a Heer / Org.Todt camp and found the back part of a vehicles Notek lght. It was very rusted but a few baths in oxalic acid revealed some of the original paint. In a barn a few years ago I had ound the front on a Notek light so I put them both together. I might put a couple of lights inside it and have it by the workbench:)
I had this relic T.Mi.43 laying around, and a part of it was quite damaged. I decided to make something kool with it rather than get rid of it so I made it into a sectioned mine. It was cut with a angle grinder and stripped of paint. Next I filled some deep pitting with car body filler,sanded it smooth and attached the bottom part. When the glue had cured I primed the thing and then filled the insides with some foam and then painted it the colors I wanted. I copied the text from a complete mine and cut a stencil which I then sprayed onto the cut-away piece.
Hope you like it :)