On Thursday morning Baard and I were back in the forest to try find the area where the living quarters had been. Skule had other things to do, so Baards second son, from now only known as "Ersatz-Skule" came along, a friendly and funny guy, who got the first nice find of the day, a Kriegsmarine uniform button. We searched closer to the road this time, and next to a slope we began getting finds indicating that we were on the right place. Food tins and cream tubes began popping up. Baard had a massive signal and opened up a dumping pit while I strolled along the top of the slope picking up single signals. I found a small patch in the grass where some stuff had been burnt, and between the rust, some glass and lots of charcoal a field made ring came out. A simple but lovely ring made of brass. Next I found a small pit that was filled with wine bottles and food tins. After a while I walked back to where Baard and Ersatz-Skule was digging, and they had some more luck. They had found a silver bracelet, the top of a mess kit, a small tool box for a MG lafette and a quite interesting luggage tag made from a piece of brass. It had the rank, name and fieldpost number punched in. "Obgfr. Thiel Fpn 06998" which meant the soldier had been an Obergefreiter in a Heeres Küsten Artillerie Regiment. A very cool find. But now we were thirsty for coffee so we set up a real nice forest table. Half of a M24 crate on top of two wooden S-Mine carriers. Lunching with style.
Baard continued on the dumping pit that became deeper and deeper, while I checked out another part of the slope where I located several ditches and pits with good signals which we ll open up another day soon. I crossed the almost invisible remains of the camp road, jumped over a deep irrigation ditch also full of signals into a section overgrown with ferns. Here I found a small dumping hole and opened it up. Lots of food tins again, a dinged up M24 head with the sprengkapsel inside, cream tubes, a few bottles and jars, a pocket knife and half of a rosodont tooth powder box. Under a huge fern the detector caught a good signal, and this time it was something a bit better. A nice zink EKM! I could see some faint numbers and letters so I was excited to give it a cleaning. I stuck my finds into the pockets and went over to Baard as I heard him yelling out.
He was all smiles and happiness when I arrived. At first I thought he was just messing with me, but he wasn`t joking. He had dug up a nice piece of porcelain with Heer markings, and better yet, a revolver!! Wow! A weapon! That is not something we have found too many of on our trips. It looked to be in a very nice condition considering the 80 years it had spent underground. The cylinder was missing, but Baard was determined to find it so he disappeared underground again. A bit jealous I went back to search for more dog-tags :D I had no luck with that, but I did find a large and heavy armour plate, which has to be from some vehicle. I hope some of you readers might recognize it.
Baard had emptied the pit and found the missing cylinder for the revolver, and a single cartridge for it as well. Definately the best find of the day! We spent another hour or so checking the slope with no luck except a modern Nato Carl-Gustav 84 ammo carrier, also a very neat find.
The day had to come to an end as we are old folks and were in need of food,water and rest. But the plan is to continue on this site one of the next days. Hopefully with even better finds :D
Thanks for reading, and enjoy your day :)