I spent nearly fifteen hours over two days searching on a new permission. A rather large area where it had been quite a lot of activity during the war, with soldier camp, storage area, workshop and a POW camp. This place has been well searched before me but I am sure some goodies are still hiding out there, just waiting for the right digger to come along. Anyway I walked around there for hours but didn`t find much. The first day I ended up with a few enamel food bowls, a couple of mugs, the spoon from a göffel, a enamel urinal and a large zink bucket with "Stube 10" (Room 10) written on it.
The next day started out like Christmas in September! I checked a small ditch that had mainly three signals. Good in each end and kinda iffy in the middle. I began with the middle signal and half meter down I scraped sand off the side of a German helmet! Out of the ground I noticed a bullet hole on top of it, so I guess someone had fun shooting at it. Now I was hoping the rest of the ditch would be filled with amazing relics. but after removing modern food tins from each end of the ditch it was completely silent. Not even a nail. I tidied up around the ditch and went for another signal. Now I got the base of a Notek headlamp, and its bracket. Together with some rubbish I later found a small shaving mirror, with a Dunlop advertisement on the back. A very cool find.
Hours passed and when I was back at the car the only other thing worth saving I had found was an empty M24 head with a shrapnel sleeve on.
Today it was again time for "Jimmy and Inkas Adventure Afternoon" (name pending, and should we get jackets with logo made? :D ). The traditional Sunday search was on around lunchtime, shortly after Jimothy had fell off his livingroom table and woken up . I on the other hand had been up since before the squirrels, and was fresh and ready with the metal detector. We opened up a ditch he had found earlier which had a few good signals spread out in it. It didn`t sound like it was full of things, but it could be deep and it was worth a check. The signal I dug first turned out to be half a Kraftstoff barrell. It was laying on its side so it was a chance it had stuff inside. I removed rocks and soil until I could use the flashlight and get a peek inside the barrell. It was clean and empty. We didn`t have much more luck on the rest of the ditch either. Some bottles, a MG ammo belt, two Soviet rifle oilers, a tent peg, a K98 muzzle cap, a few broken porcelain plates, a gasmask and canister, some karbid lamps, six shovels and some 7.92 rifle ammo was about the only stuff we dug up.
We moved over to another place. To a square hole dug into the ground that had lots of signals. We had to remove rocks and roots but pretty soon broken glass, food tins and rusted cutlery were piled up on the side. This pit had as so many others like it been set on fire, coz we found lots of melted glass and metal, and it was also full of ashes and charcoal. I was searching one of the corners and a little bit into the wall I hit todays jackpot! Out came a aluminum disc. A German erkennungsmarke! It looked like it was a bit corroded, but a great find. Of course Jimothy had a rage fit and threw his detector so high up in the tree that he had to call the loggers to help him get it down. We dug through half the pit and saw that the layer of burnt relics seemed to be only 20-30 cm deep, but just before we had to leave Jimmy was following a signal that seemed to go much deeper. We decided to save it for another day and then bring the Fiskars shovels and do some real digging.
Strolling back to the cars we checked a few signals but found nothing but a lid for a canister of some kind.
At home I cleaned the ID tag and it reads " Stellungs Art.Abt. 118".
Tomorrow is a new day and the plan is to search around a bit in a Wehrmacht camp and at the same time try to pick the seasons last berries to make sure the freezer is really full before winter.
Enjoy your day :)