Yesterday we met up early and made our way to the camp we wanted to check out, where it was supposed to have been several barracks, or so we thought. The stroll there led us past a short trenchline where we stopped to have a look. M24 crates were sticking out of the soil, and a few even lay on the surface. The trenchline ended in a small fighting position which had a dumping pit in front of it. We took a break in our stroll to dig it. There we found parts of a large oven, several bottles, a big and nice field made candle holder and Baard picked up a nice Panzerhandlelampe from under the top of the oven! We piled it all up for later and went on to locate the area with the barracks.
On place we found large dug outs in the shape and lenghts of barracks, but not a single signal anywhere in or around them which was really strange. We decided to go back to the trenchline and try our luck around there instead. Near the trench we found several dug outs and the detectors screamed about metals everywhere. We saw more M24 and M39 grenade boxes and racks just laying on the surface, so we collected the nice looking ones. I began digging below one of the dug outs and soon I had a handful of tubes with Frostschutzsalbe. Cream to help protect from frostbite. The tubes were full and in great condition. The more I poked around in the soil with my bayonet the more tubes appeared. It was like the ground was made of the stuff. Broken glass and some medical bottles also came out from the growing hole in the forest floor. The pile of tubes grew together with other bits, and then the first syringe needle showed its sharp pointy end. These things I have stuck under a finger nail before so I slowed down the digging trying to be as careful as possible, I do not wanna be poked with one of those again.
After a while it was lunch- and coffee time so I went up the slope to find Baard. He had discovered a whole bunch of the grenade carriers along a cliff. Lots of them! I had been digging broken glass and needles for a couple of hours without a single cut, but now when I inspected one of the crates I sliced open my finger tip like a genius :D During our break we heard this strange and loud growl from the forest. It sounded like a moose in heat or a large possibly mythical forest bird. It came closer and closer to us and I began to worry it was an insane bear or worse, a T-rex. I had never heard such a sound before. I was about to escape when we through the trees spotted a large yellow car making road surface markings on the freshly paved road :D Man, Im gonna write a mail to that company having them repair their paint unit :D
The evening approached as I reached the end of the medical pit. The pile of stuff had grown big. I dont know how many tubes and ampoules had come out of it but more than hundred for sure. A few other nice bits as well, like a zink EKM (dont know if it is stamped or blank yet) a uranium glass razor sharpener, a losantine bottle in perfect condition, a few buttons and a rosodont toothpowder box. I sorted out the items worth rescuing and it filled a whole shopping bag. The rest was thrown back in the pit and buried.
The backpack became very heavy with all the medical supply but we still had to get as many of the m24 and M39 racks with us, so a few were strapped on the backpacks and one in the free hand. We took another, a little easier route back to the car and on the way we discovered an area full of building foundations, so we are very excited to get back there one of the next days to check that site out.
It was late before I was back home and I fell asleep just after a warm shower, and the whole night I dreamt about digging. I found a great looking silver "Stalingrad" ring and a cache of MG 34s, so I was exhausted and a bit disappointed when I woke up. Prehaps I must spend the rest of today in the hammock :D
Thanks for reading, and enjoy your weekend :)