I had been roaming around the forest for a couple of hours without finding anything, which I thought was strange coz this area had seen fighting in may 1940 and was later used as a military storage area. Today there isn`t much visible trace of this storage, but a few barracks is still standing, some kilometer of broken fence and overgrown little roads zig zag the forest here. I was heading towards the rests of a fallen barrack when the metaldetector screamed. I checked the signal and it was something large under the forest floor. I started to dig and cursed myself for only brining the bayonet and a small garden spade. After tearing through moss and roots the bayonet hit metal, clearing away soil a rusted old shovel was there, and another one next to it. I removed them and used the detector again, this time I had a strong signal for brass and zink,,how strange I thought. Scraping away more soil I could see there was a large crate down there, it took half an hour to clear it with the tiny spade I had brought, and in the process I found the corners of at least two more crates!
The wooden box around the zink crate had rotten away, and as I tried to move it I felt it was really heavy,,maybe a treasure??!! But then I saw the paper label on the crate had survived. It read that it contained Norwegian rifle rounds produced in 1939. Had it been left behind of retreating Norwegian troops prehaps? I wanted to check out the other crates so I started to move this one out of the hole but of course the old zink tore open and I had ammo everywhere all of the sudden.
As it was late in the afternoon and way past dinner time I covered it up and went home. Next morning I was back and this time with a shovel. Now it went pretty quick to uncover the remaining crates, it was four of them in total, and they had been covered with shovels and a pickaxe.
When I had made sure there was only these four crates here, I covered them up again and went on searching more of the area. Maybe half a kilometer away I had a new signal, same as last time. So I dug it open and there was yet another of these crates. Also ammo for the Krag-Jorgensen rifle, but in better condition and produced in 1917 !! Really some amazing couple of days of digging it was and being a large area I am sure there is more treasures waiting to be found.
12/6/2013 07:28:43 pm
these krag rounds is worth over 1,4 euro EACH just saying. if you dident take em tell me the cordinants and i will tell a museum in norway.
12/8/2013 08:44:48 pm
Thanks for the tip Simon:)
9/18/2015 12:01:41 am
You are a talent man (you made a nice models and compositións) and a lucky man with a nice collection and lucky founds. I enjoy your blog and your contributións in the WW2war relics forum!!! Specially scenerys of the nature in Norway. A beatiful country that i wish could visit some day!! (But in summer, no in the terribles winters of the north, of course!) Cheers from spain
9/20/2015 02:35:36 am
Thanks a lot Julio :)
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