At the site I continued my somewhat systematic search hoping every signal to be another Notek. At first the weather was rather nice but it gradually changed to bad, then to terrible and moved into high gear with a monsoon style rain and stong winds. It felt like water was coming from everywhere, above, the sides, from the ground and it didn`t take long before I regretted not having brought my rain poncho, but I kept at it until the lack of daylight made the woods darker and it was time to retreat.
Today I found mostly rubbish. I dug every signal and most of it was unrecognisable steel bits, bolts, smashed and rotted food tins, heavy towing wire, parts of a couple cast iron ovens and bits probably from an engine or gear housing. A few parts was intact and although I don`t know what they are for I brought them along in case anyone restoring old vehicles will need them. Around a small tree I dug out a M24 handgrenade carrying rack The tree and its roots had grown between its parts so a little bit of cutting was needed to free the rack, and that was the last I saw of my nice and trusted foldable saw. Being greenish-brown in color it is well camoflaged and I didn`t notice before two hours later that it was missing so I had no chance to find back to it, prehaps I am lucky next time I am here.
I found several battery cells and a few smashed up car batteries, and one find surprised me, a toothbrush, the only personal effect I ve found in this site. I found the bottom part of a vehicle rifle rack with the leather padding intact, two license plate holders, one rectangular and one triangular, but no sign of the plates themselves. I did find a small white plate with a red outline and prehaps some text under the rust, which will be interesting to clean up. Just before deciding to call it quits I had this massive signal that I had to free from the moss and soil. As soon as I could see what it was I went "Oh nooo,whyyyyy, my car is sooo far away and it is difficult forest between here and it.." But I knew I had to bring it home as it is too cool to leave behind. It was the top of a 200 litre fuel barrell, marked "Feuergefarlich Kraftstoff 200l Heer 1941". It weighs a ton of course and it was pure hell dragging it out of the forest but I managed and after giving it a quick clean I am very happy I did because it was a bit special having a "1" stenciled on it in white paint.
Now I ve hung myself to dry and will do other stuff for a few days as the weather will be nastier than today, but it seems next week hold promises of better conditions and I have a new interesting permission I might visit, a Russian POW camp with several barracks including a guards barrack :)
Until then, Enjoy the weekend :)