On the next trip I went alone to a small dumping ditch I had started earlier this summer. Here I spent some hours digging the rest of it. A few interesting bits was in it, but it was a whole lot of work for them. A pair of field made rubber suspenders was the first item to be dug out. Those must have been popular because I have found many of them. Some broken bits of porcelain gave me hope that I had a cool 3D puzzle going but that dream got crushed when I only found unmarked bits. I found a small stack of metal dishes from a field kitchen, a big iron candle holder for three candles, lots of perfume bottles and a gasmask cannister. The best find in the ditch was a orange bakelite toothbrush cup marked "Odol" and another pair of combat boots cut down to slippers. This time I took another route back to the car and found a small interesting area that I ll check out more in the coming week. There I picked up a close combat knife, a car key, four medical scissors and some scrap metal. These scissors are cutting metal very well so I am hoping there will be some trench art bits laying around.
Today I went out just for a small round on a new permission. I have found a few nice bits here already so I am hoping this place will deliver. What I first thought was a flat stone was in fact a Kraftstoff barrell top, a good start to the hunt. Nearby I found parts of a fuel pump, a fire extinguisher and a box for S-Mine parts (I think..) Some nails and bolts later a nice tent peg turned up. Followed by a interesting 12cm shell casing. It has the primer on the side of the casing, and its bottom plate is missing, I am hoping it is around there somewhere. I strolled towards the edge of the forested plateau and spotted a large moose slowly crossing the field in front of me. A very nice moment. As I had other things on the to-do list I began moving towards the car and found a huge pile of barbed wire. Large coils piled up and strewn around. Another small pile of some metal frame thingies within the barbed wires pile caught my eye. I didn`t know what it was really, but I was 100% sure it had something to do with MG 34/42 ammo boxes. I picked up one and it had roughly the lenght and width of a ammo box. It looked like one could hang the frame on to something. When these where attached to my backpack I could continue to the car.
Back home I took a ammo box and tried to put it into one of the frames. A perfect fit. Could it be for attaching ammo boxes to mules, or even front-dogs? I hope some of you readers know these carrying frames and can shed some more info :)
The weekend is still a day away so prehaps there will be a trip back there tomorrow.
Have a nice day :)