An evening some days later the ships came closer. The battleship "Resolution", five destroyers and the cruisers "Aurora" and "Effingham" filled the fjord. Suddenly they all opened fire on the village. House after house went up in flames or was totally wiped out from direct hits. The fire on the civillians didnt stop before three small boats reached the ships explaining that there was no soldiers in the houses. 14 civillians have been killed and many more wounded.
The Allied fire concentrated now on German positions mostly manned by Kriegsmarine troops while the landing of French Foreign Legioneers supported by three tanks began. They soon fought down the Germans who was pressed also from the North and took control over the village and the Army camp with its large supplies of weapons and ammo.
We began the day with a coffee and a chat before we turned on the detectors and began searching. Sure enough, proof of the British shelling was found all over. Lots of shrapnel came out of the soil and also bits from the blown up houses was dug up. The Army camp is still in use so we also find leftovers from exercises held in the area, from old wooden plug rifle casings to the modern plastic ones.
Its a large area we are spread out on but we meet up by the "base" now and again for a coffee or something to eat and to show what we have found so far.
Other than that I found a few coins,two German wartime ones and one Norwegian from 1960. The other guys also picked a ton of shrapnel mixed with a few nicer bits, like coins,ring fragments and a small piece of a silver pendant. As evening approached our energy seemed to have died out so we called it quits, gathered our things and made plans for new meetings, which will be great:)
A big thanks to you guys for bringing me along, looking forward to dig again soon:)