It was a light rain all the time so after some hours we went soaking wet back to the piles of racks for lunch and to carry our rusted treasures back to the car. It had become dinner time but we decided to keep going. Baard showed the way a few kilometers more down through the valley to a site where it had been a Heer camp. On our stroll towards it we spotted a close defence trench where we dug out three mortar grenade boxes and a few other relics. After that we went down a slope to where the camp had been. Here relics laid everywhere on the surface and we found large dug outs in the slope sides. Between two such dug outs it was a huge ditch with several barrack ovens sticking out from the ground. We began digging from each our corners. Time flew and relics kept pouring out like water from a faucet. All the usual bits was present, cutlery, porcelain, bottles of all kinds, food tins, bolts, a book, uniform parts, mystery bits and those ovens in the middle of the ditch. Baard had a really surprising find, an American coin from 1892! How on earth did that find it`s way there?? Finds like that really fuels the imagination. Another mortar grenade box got dug out next to a 20 litre fuel can and a steel coffee box from a field kitchen.
To Baards growing frustration I kept pulling out belt buckles, two Heer buckles and a denazified DLV, Deutscher Luftfahrtverband, (German Aviation Association) buckle, and I found a nice "trench-art" ring. We reached the ovens and dug out all four or five of those heavy beasts and underneath them we found a whole bunch of chess and dam game pieces. We had been searching and digging since before lunch time and the clock crept close to 21 when I removed the last relic for the day, a aluminium field kitchen box in exellent condition. We stretched our old knees and backs, loaded up our finds and closed the ditch back up. It had been an awesome day and Baards son might have become bitten by the rust-hunter bug being out with us for all these hours.
Until next time, stay muddy and keep smiling :)