One of the forests I searhed had been a Wehrmacht and Org.Todt stable area so in between dumping pits there was a lot of horseshoes, horseshoe tools and other horse related relics. Some of the horseshoes is really large so there must have been some huge horses used to drag all the war equipment.
I also found several of these horse brushes, all the fibers long gone though..
A Field Kitchen still litters the riverbed, but the ground behind it might contain some treasures..
My first post here should be from where I live, so I`ll share some pics from this autumns relic hunting in the Northern forests. Wehrmacht and Org.Todt had some large storages in my valley. Today these places is taken back
by nature, but the trusted metal detector finds the metal once left behind. I
found mostly old rust and lots of discarded ammo, but a few
dumping pits gave some nice small finds.
I have a Fisher F5 detector, which is my first one. I am still learning how to use it, but I have found it easy to understand and use . When I go for an expedition I bring my backpack where I have water for me and for cleaning objects, plastic bags for carrying extra finds, food coz diggers get tired and hungry, depending of weather I might bring a rain poncho and cover for the detector. Digging gear is the bayonet, an old swedish one, anno 1898 I think, and a shovel. I reccommend Fiskars with the strong plastic handle although this autumn I used a wooden handle one, useless as I went through 3 of them, axe, saw and multitool can also be very useful to bring. On top in the bag I put my camera.
Patience is also important to bring on the expeditions because it can some days be far between any good finds. The area I was searching is rather large and the finds seems to be concentrated in one part of it so many days I was searching with no luck at all..but then when you do find something it is very fun.
It is amazing how well some things can resist the time..
...and how bad other things survive time. Here a german Daimon flashlight, the pile it was thrown in was set on fire as you can see the heat melted the glass lense.
Porcelain from the same pit had survived the fire. This is a plate with a Wehrmacht stamp underneath.
A dumping pit is often full of bottles, many of them broken, so gloves,and care should be considered. I was unlucky one day and stuck a long thin piece of glass through the glove and into my hand..