Suddenly I was awake. I ate, I scrolled, I had coffee. I drove to my for the time being favorite place, the Gebirgsjäger camp I have been searching the last few trips. It is only a few kilometers from home but here it didn`t rain and the forest was quite dry, it is strange how local rainshowers can be.
I began searching from where I parked towards the little dumping pit I had dug the other day. I wanted to go over the area around it once more. Very soon I had a good signal and it was a lovely Kraftstoff barrell top, and when I had attached it to my backpack I spotted another one leaned up against a tree. This one had the center cut out and holes punched around the edge. It had been used as a chimney roof plate. It will easily become a very cool clock!!
After checking the area and picking up a few small bits I found another dumping pit. This one was quite deep and was full of food cans and some bottles. If there is any dumping pits I hate it is such ones. But I need to search through them if not they will haunt me. In the end I had a lid from a coffee kettle, lid for a fuel tank, a frying pan, a brass jar with a lid stuck on (sounds empty, haven`t opened it yet) a small prism and a mystery item which I am speculating the prism belongs with. My first thought was that it could be some kind of trench periscope. I might be wrong though.
The next few hours I dug signals. My pockets was not heavy when getting back to the car later but I had found a cut-down 10.5 cm brass casing, a M39 egg grenade and a small metal pennant. The pennant looks field made from zink, prehaps it was used on a vehicle, no colors left on it though so it would be hard to tell.
Today was supposed to be for resting and doing some housework but feeling "the call of the wild" and all that I was soon back on place in the forest to continue where I left off. The first hour went by with just a few rusted and falling apart Göffels dug up. I had found what I thought was a big dumping pit but removing the top soil revealed a nice wooden floor, so I was standing in what must have been a small hut. Using the pinpointer I found the cause of the signals without having to strip the soil off the entire nice floorings, it was barrell bands and two padlocks.
A few signals later I found a big dumping pit, I could see at least two 200 liter barrells sticking out of the ground plus oven parts and wires. I got excited and jumped down in one of the corner. Unwise. Stingy. Thin cotton Russian camo trousers does not give adequate protection from stinging nettles. Swearing and squeeling it took a few minutes in what felt like a acid bath with needles before I had trampled and chopped away the bastards attacking my nether regions and making it possible to start digging.
I dug up a small section of the corner to try find the depth of the pit and get an impression of what garbage it is made up from, and although it will be a difficult job I think I will dig a little bit of it each trip until it is done. Much of the contents I pulled out was food cans , rusted buckets, bottles, spoons, all the standard rusted crap, but I also found a handfull of Norwegian and German buttons, bits of porcelain and part of an engine.
When I got bored of the nettle pit and needed a stretch I wandered around a little bit and on the bottom of a low slope I got signals all over the place. The joy! Here I spent the rest of the day and got a couple of very nice finds. The best one I think was a bakelite grip plate for the MG34! Oh believe me I searched for the other part of it. I did not find it now but I will do my best on the following trips here. I found several other MG parts, a bolt and different smaller parts. Two clock parts were hiding under a root, one rings in as silver on the detector so that goes in the treasure chest and the find of the day was camoflaging itself as a crappy signal. A great looking K98 bayonet and its scabbard!
Now it was time to end the fun for today and get back home to do some housework and dry the boots for tomorrows expedition :)