Girlfriend had collected a few bugs and checked the forest for Chaga, and other potential dumping pits so she showed me those before we slowly strolled back to the car enjoying the warm summer weather.
The Guards Badge
Yesterday morning, before I had to go to work, me and the Girlfriend went out to the forest. I wanted to complete the lazarett dumping pit and she to collect more bugs for her bug army. The weather was exellent and it would be a pity to not spend as much of it as possible outside when I was going to be stuck inside a factory hall for 8 hours. We strolled off between the trees and soon I was busy removing soil and rocks and to try not break any of the fragile ampoules in the dumping pit. The section I had left un-dug the other day seemed to hold less relics but still a steady stream of rescuable items found its way to the collection point on my backpack. I found a couple of nice and intact lab jars together with a good little pile of ampoules, a few stripper clips full of k98 rounds, a hook from a Y-strap, a broken toothbrush, bits of a large Kodak bakelite drawer. I tried to find as many as possible of the small broken off bits so I can try puzzle it together later, but it looks like Im missing bits to make it complete again, which of course is annoying. As I began digging the last "corner" of the pit I found a very small glass jar, a blue gaming dice and a big surprise, a Soviet Guards badge! That was probably the last thing I had expected to come across this morning. Very happy with the result of these two days of digging I closed up the pit making sure no broken glass was poking out from the ground as a risk for animals or trekkers.
Girlfriend had collected a few bugs and checked the forest for Chaga, and other potential dumping pits so she showed me those before we slowly strolled back to the car enjoying the warm summer weather.
Bits and pieces.
Piece from the broken Kodak drawer.
Melted toothbrush handle.
A kool looking bottle.
A very tiny bottle.
"Be Em Flasche", some kind of lab bottle.
The blue Dice.
And finally the Soviet Guards Badge.
Back home there was time enough for a relaxing cup of Chaga before work:)
The horsefly killed itself by diving into my cup...
The Field Hospital
The last week its been raining a lot so I took the opportunity to work some shifts at my temp job to make some extra money. Today after work the weather had cleared up a bit so I decided it was time for some digging. I went out to one of the German camps where it had been a hospital building. There I was lucky and almost at once stumbled upon a quite large dumping pit. It had been burned so 90% of the metal had melted into blobs or just turned into rusted dust, and most of the glass in the pit had suffered the same fate. Now and again I found an intact item and as the hours went by the pile of small relics grew. I mostly rescued small medical ampoules and bottles, and some metal tubes for ampoules. I found a pair of glasses, but both the lenses had gone missing, and I found a somewhat broken porcelain plate with nice markings, even if it is a bit broken and a few bits missing from it. I ll glue it together and make something from it. A twisted and partly melted syringe was a bit amusing find, and so was the intact medical rubber glove that lay on the bottom of the pit. I pulled out five medical tools, three blades, one plier and one flat spoon like thing, some kind of spatula I guess. I also dug out a pen in very good condition, a few k98 rounds, a lamp and a tiny metal box which will be interesting to open to see if there is anything inside it.
After ca four hours the sun disappeared behind a heavy layer of dark clouds and just as I arrived back to the car the flood gates opened and it is still pouring down. Hopefully it have stopped until tomorrow coz I really want to get back out there:)
Some of the hospitals foundations.
Items littering the ground. This one was the inner kettle of a soup container.
The growing relic pile.
K98 rounds. One of them had exploded in the fire.
Small metal box.
Not sure what these were for. Prehaps ampoules or tablets?
Some of the ampoules still had text intact.
Ampoules, a few with content still in them.
Metal tube with something inside it feels like.
A nice glass dish.
A knife that once had a wooden handle.
The pen was a nice little find, I ve only found broken ones before.
Porcelain is always a welome find.
These I found all over the area. Used to splint broken bones.
And I found a coat hanger:)
A wehrmacht axe.
Last night I was chatting with a friend, and when he asked what I had for plans tomorrow I replied "Going out in the forests again trying to find the Motherload." Little did I know how prophetic those words were.
I started early as usual and went into the forest where I had been told there could be some leftovers from a German Heer camp. I strolled for a good while with no luck at all. Then I found the first few evidences that the Wehrmacht might have been here, a few food tins scattered around, and then a top ring from a large field stove with small hooks to hang the mess kits. Then for a long while I couldn`t find a single signal again, not even the typical wire bits or nails, none of it.
I had almost given up when I came across a small burn pit just below the moss. Except half a ski-goggle and the fixture of a Notek light there were only rotted food tins and unrecognisable bits. Now I had walked for hours and it was warm and full of horseflies, mosquitos and other flies trying to eat me alive so I decided to go back home and enjoy the sun instead of tormenting myself any longer. Then I see a few dug outs between some trees and I ran over there and the detector picked up lots of signals. Finally something. I saw it was a dumping pit because some metal stuck out from the ground. I searched around it first and dug up a few horseshoes, a toothpaste tube and a k98 rubber muzzle cap. Then I began digging up the pit. It was hard work, lots of large rocks mixed with bits from a large cast iron oven. On two of the sides of the pit I began to see the shapes of two 20 liter fuel cans, then another rather big round can. But now I could see the square top of a crate down there!! It took a bit more work to pry it loose from the grip of mother earth but I got it to the surface, and it was heavy!
I carefully opened the lid, and all the images of what I hoped was inside it flashed before my eyes, medals, guns, porcelain, uniform, money, you name it.. When I opened the lid I burst out laughing, probably some insane sounding madman laugh, because I looked into a chest full of nails! Big nails, small nails and medium nails. All the nails that ze Germans had forgot to throw around in the forest for poor rust hunters to go crazy over. It was the Motherload! It was so funny and at the same time deeply disappointing, but its a find I will look back on with a big smile for sure.
I went on for another two hours or so and found just a few more bits, two transport case parts for 15cm shells and a Panzerfaust! All three of those look to have good chances to bring back some of the original color on, so now I was pretty happy, very tired and fed up with the bugs trying to consume me, so I went home :)
Happy Days :)
Field stove top.
Horseshoes. The top left one is for a horse with a hoof sickness.
Tons of rocks, smashed cast iron stove and food tins.
Kraftstoff 20 liter.
This one had most paint intact, desert yellow, and marked "W" for Wasser (water).
All the nails one can dream of.
Panzerfaust, slightly bent but seems it will clean up good.
For 15cm shells.
This Seasons Third KVK
I got up really early today as I was eager for some digging. The weather report have been whispering about lots of incoming rain so there was no time to loose. After a little bit of driving I could step into the forest and meet with the mosquitos that were waiting for me. Almost instantly I had some good signal from the detector and spent the next hour mostly crawling from signal to signal. I dug out a German coin, a couple of tent pegs, a uniform button and a small dumping pit with several smaller bottles and a field torch with a battery next to it. After a while the landowner came to say hi and see what I had found. He pointed me to a shrubbery on a small rise behind his barn where it should be a Norwegian position from the fighting in 1940. There I found a whole pile of spent 6.5 mm Krag Joergensen ammo in great condition as they lay under a rock and had been protected from the elements all those years. Other than a ashtray , a piece from a ski pole and a few rusted food tins there wasn`t anything else to find there so soon I was back searching the camp site. Now I found a rather large dumping pit that I spent many hours digging out as it was pretty deep. It didn`t hold as much finds as I had hoped for but between a lot of champagne- , beer- and wine bottles was a nice MP38/40 "schmeisser" magazine. Another field torch battery, and a couple of Norwegian 7.92 excersise rounds, a losantine box, a bike tire pump and what looks like a half made trench art ring came out of the pit before it was empty.
The dumping pit was in an open patch in the forest so the sun had been boiling me good so I spent the next hours strolling around between the trees. Here I found a bunch of nails, wires and rusted crap, before a very good signal broke the monotony again. I just had to laugh when I saw what it was, I ve become familiar with those pointy edges by now...It was a War Merit Cross, a Kriegsverdienstkreuz, my third this season! Filled with a bit of new energy I searched an hour or so more but all I could find was a big engine starter crank, so at this point I decided to get back home for some food and a rather cold shower:)
German tent peg.
Field torch and battery.
Tent peg, leather strap and a shaving soap jar.
Ashtray and a ski pole part.
Krag Joergensen ammo.
7.92 excersise rounds from Raufoss Ammunisjon 1940.
300ml medical bottle.
There were lots of alco bottles in the dumping pit.
Maybe a trench art ring project that got abandoned.
Another field torch battery.
It was so great to find this medal.
A big engine starter crank.
Yesterday me ,Baard and Skule went to check out a forest a landowner tipped us about. He had told us that it had been both a German camp , and a camp for Soviet prisoners of war there. It was relatively early on the day but it was already pretty warm and the flies and mosquitoes soon got word around that humans were on the menu. Just a few minutes in we had proof of wartime activity as the detectors pointed out the usual food tins, K98 rounds and stripper clips. We found the foundations of a burned down house or hut having signals all over it so we spent a while checking that out, but most of the stuff that saw daylight again was destroyed, a couple of losantine boxes, a coin and a few bottles could be worth saving though. Checking out the area further showed the foundations of several barracks and buildings spread out across the small hillside and there were signals everywhere. Beneath a big old pine tree a small dumping pit was found. A few large rocks had been dumped on top of it but a few nice relics came out of it after struggling the rocks out of the way. One surprise from that pit was a Firestone ashtray, sadly the rubber tire around it had rotted away though. Other than that was a heap of 7.92 rounds, the rests of a watch, a few tent pegs, a french toothpowder tin, a dice, a can opener and a few other of the usual bits.
Several hours went by picking up some of the single signals that covered the place, but nothing out of the ordinary came out from the forest floor. Around lunchtime I managed to stick my hand under a rock and slice a finger open on a broken bottle, so again the little medic kit I always carry with the digger gear came in handy. Having lunch somewhere in a forest, away from the sounds of "civilization", enjoying good food, hot coffee, a chat and prehaps even a cigarett is such a bliss that it is hard to describe. Having new energy we spent another few hours searching the forest, sometimes peeking up at the sky when hearing the ravens` scream and the brush of wind through their wings.
We had planned to visit a friend that lives nearby the site so when time came we headed slowly back to the cars. At this point I found a small dumping pit and began searching through it. It held some rubbish and broken glass but suddenly the first of many gaming pieces peeked out from the sand, and next a rather rare red bakelite 7.92 round. Suddenly I saw blood dropping on to my gloves and smock sleeve. I looked at the guys asking who is bleeding, or is it the Predator lurking in the trees above?? But the blood came from an insect bite on my ear, which I hadnt`t felt at all. Now there were so many flies on my arm and back it was creepy, so I kept on digging the pit so we could get out of the forest. In the end my pocket was full of the gaming pieces, when I counted them later I had 71 of them, including 5 dices!! A rather great little haul.
We made it back to the cars and went for a coffee at our friend`s place and made a halfway plan for another dig very soon.
Keep Smiling, and stay dirty!! :)
A modified spoon.
The bottom of a detonator box.
A cream jar, mirror, losantine box and a chain for the RG34 rifle cleaning kit.
First dice of the day.
Ashtray. "Firestone-the mark of quality"
Doramad - Radioactive toothpaste.
Foundations of a large building on top of the hill.
100ml medical bottle.
French toothpowder tin.
Part of a matchbox cover.
Butter box 3D puzzle.
Found in the middle of one of the barrack foundations, a Canadian 1 Cent from 1981.
Some of the finds cleaned up:
French toothpowder tin.
MP38/STG44, and K98 rubber muzzle caps, and the bakelite K98 round.
The lot of gaming pieces from the dumping pit.
Searching two Old Army Camps
A few days ago my friend from somewhere in mid Norway contacted me. He and his family had arrived to their summer paradise in the North and he was hungry for rust. I wasn`t hard to bid of course, so soon I had packed the car ready for a few days of digging and was heading some miles southwards. Early Sunday morning I met up with Baard and his son, Skule, and we took aim towards a forest road where there could be German dumping sites. Soon the detectors rang out and sure enough the info Baard had gotten was solid as gold. In the marshy ground to one of the sides of the road one could see rust poking out. Piles of barbed wire and 200 liter Kraftstoff barrels laid everywhere. In between those some smaller items were dug up, like a crushed triangular 20 liter fuel can, a few empty k98 casings and some helmet liners, two of which were worth saving. As the ground here was very wet and the mosquitoes began massing around us we strolled towards drier ground between the pines. Here should be a huge ammo storage, used both by the Germans and for a while the post-war Norwegian Army. When the army signed back the land to the private owners they did a great job cleaning up, coz it was far between the signals. Here and there we dug up modern training ammo and some trip wire signal flares. We did find a small patch in the forest with some German relics, some signal flares, rifle casings, horseshoes and a few karbid lamp blinders. Further in we found the emptied ammo storage bunkers, large dug outs in the forest floor, once covered with timber roofs. The ones we checked were mostly empty, but on the side of one of them we had great luck, we found two 105mm M4 casings, stamped 1945, and an American "dog-tag" probably from the 1970- 80`s, plus a German pioneer axe.
We looped back towards the starting point and spent a couple of hours searching a big German garbage pit, but except a few intact bottles and cream jars it was all burnt and crushed rubbish. Now we had been active for about 10 hours and evening approached, so we decided to call it quits and do the rest of the pit another time.
Back at the cars Baard couldn`t find his car keys. They were nowhere to be found! That`s a digger`s nightmare! Luckily we had stopped by the cars before starting the garbage pit so we knew they had to be there or on the way to it. So the search began. Me and Baard started sifting through what we had dug out while Skule checked the grounds around us. Suddenly he yelled out: "Found them!!" and became the hero of the day.
We agreed to meet up early next morning so I installed myself in the mini camper and had a relaxing, but somewhat cold night before the morning sun and the sounds from a squirrell or a large tree tarantula running around on the roof of the car woke me up.
Crushed 20 liter fuel can.
German helmet liner.
15 liter triangular fuel can.
Modern signal-/warning flares.
Karbid lamp blinder.
German signal flares.
Part for a grenade transport case.
Different numbered tags and another karbid lamp blinder.
105mm M4 casings.
The U.S tag we found. We might have come in contact with the owners son now :)
Lid for grenade transport case.
The old and original German camp fence is still there.
Early next morning I went to the gas station in the village some 10 minutes drive away for fresh coffee, and an hour or so later Baard arrived. Skule was tired after yesterdays 10 hours and had more important things to do. We started off soft by checking a small stretch of forest next to the road and Baard found there a small dumping pit with some nice relics. Sadly the two bakelite items in the pit were destroyed, a butter container and a small red Rosodont box, but he also dug out a nice harmonica, five hammerheads, a small coin, a few pocket knives, a small red ink bottle, a soldiers shaving mirror and a scissors. When the roadside had been cleaned up we crossed the road and went into the forest there. Here had been a German storage area and later the place was used for Nato- and Norwegian army training until the landowners got it back.
The first section we metal detected us through had clearly seen some modern mock wars. It were signals all over the place, lots of plastic training ammo, some rests of camo cream tubes, food tins etc. One massive signal turned out to be a modern dumping pit filled with large caliber shell transport plugs and bands, used wooden training mines, and a hoard of fuze tins. Further along we finally found the German storage area and began searching around one of the spots where barracks had been. After a while it became clear that this particular barrack must have held skis and ski poles. All over the place we picked up ski bindings and pole spikes. One of the last signals dug this afternoon was Baard finding an old pocketwatch, so definately a place we ll visit again at some point.
By now we had been searching more or less non stop for 6 hours and we were both getting tired, eaten by insects and wanted to get home to our respective Dears and warm dinners. Back at the cars we met a local guy which Baard knew, and like that we suddenly had invitation and permission to search a very promising area in the near future, looking forward to that!! :)
Small German dumping pit.
Rosodont toothpowder. Luckily we found all parts for it so Baard has a fun 3D puzzle for the rainy days.
Very nicely preserved pocket knife.
Scissors and mirror.
Finding the dumping pit Nato left behind.
A few ski bindings.
The moment Baard had the pocketwatch signal.
This Weeks Fun
Most of this last week has been very wet and rather cold so not much digging was done. I managed to get out last Saturday and today though.
The saturday search became a very warm one, with little finds. I roamed around mostly picking modern garbage, a few old german tools and a dumping pit filled with a broken stove, food tins and a spoon. One of the signals I dug was a very nice little matchbox cover, with the motive showing a person skiing through a forested landscape. I also found a small box of 9mm rounds, a toothbrush and some k98 rounds, stripper clips and a uniform button.
A few food tins.
Screwdriver and axe.
9mm rounds, comb and toothbrush.
Stripper clips and uniform button.
Messed up Kraftstoff cannister.
Today the Girlfriend wanted to join up for a trip, so we went to check out a rumor of dumped helmets. After a bit of a walk we found the spot and began looking around. The Fisher picked up a fair amount of signals but none of them a helmet. After a while I dug a good signal and it turned out to be a single broken liner from a german helmet, but still after checking a bunch more signals we had no luck on getting any lids. A small ditch had some promising signals but it turned out to be a bucket, several iron pipes, a whole bunch of bottles and a lighter.
Moving on we found a small dumping pit with rubbish left behind by a 1960s or `70s army excersise and lots of pits filled with barbed wire, but not having gloves or tools to deal with barbed wire pits with us we left those for another time.
In a small opening in the forest the detector picked up a signal, "k98 casing, or scrap metal" I thought, but dug it anyhow coz one never knows.. and behold, I saw the pointed corner of a Kriegsverdienstkreuz - a War Merit Cross. Wow!! I could hardly believe it, the second one this season. It was in very good condition too! Happier than ants in a sugar pile I began a systematic search of the nearby area, and checking one of the other signals I suddenly heard the Girlfriend while she rushed past me: "Fliegeralarm!!!" I grabbed hold of the piece of metal I was trying to dig out, yanked it with me leaving the detector behind in a whole Jagdverband of bumblebees. We had probably stepped on or around the entrance to their nest and man were they pissed off. Letting them cool off before retrieving the detector I could see what relic I had grabbed from the soil, a bent and broken Göffel :)
We moved a bit away from the angry bees and continued the search. We found another small dumping pit and from it came a few nice relics, a gaming piece, a tent peg, and two belt buckles, one of them a Heer buckle, in rather sad condition but still..
By now it had gotten late and we both were quite hungry so we decided to leave the rest for another day and went home for icecream and a dinner-lunch in the sun :)
Have a great weekend everybody!!:)
A broken pickaxe.
A biiig horseshoe.
A small bunker lamp (I think..)
Happy with the lighter found in the bottle ditch.
The bugs kept a close eye on us.
We dug out a Ford Bronco.
First glimpse of the KVK :)
The second KVK this season:)
A bent Göffel.
Gaming piece and small buckle.
Another belt buckle.
And the last pick of today was a tent peg:)
The cleaned up KVK.
And the tent peg, dont think I had this marking yet :)