On a field in Kurland we had just located a small cluster of bunkers and their connecting trenches. They had been filled in shortly after the war and the field has been plowed a few times pr year ever since so there was no visible trace of these bunkers today. The metal detectors soon indicated there had been some sort of activity here,and sure enough,shrapnel,mortar grenade end pieces,cans,a few helmets and soon a Soviet Ppsh submachinegun came out from the soil when searching the surrounding area. The experienced diggers had dug some test pits and probing of the ground and found the first bunker. The tractor was put to work and minutes later a timber roof of a bunker was uncovered. All the time checking the ground and the dug up dirt with metal detectors we found pieces of bricks,porcelain,bottles and food ration tins. Probably a little more than half hour of digging we had hit the bunker floor and guys with metal detectors jumped in to start searching it. On the floors was found a Mg42 bolt,a gasmask canister with mask,and some other small bits. The tractor removed another slice of the bunker wall and we saw a round shape..Helmet! Digging it carefully loose from the wall it became obvious it wasn`t an empty helmet. It took a while for the diggers to find the whole soldier as the skeleton was very damaged, most probably he met with a grenade. We found his ID disc so he can be identified by the German Volksbund and given a grave. R.I.P
Rest of bunker roof. The whole bunker was filled with soil we had to dig through..
Finding helmets is always very fun and we found many helmets laying around this day,but the fun shifts to serious quickly when you see that its not just a helmet...
Finding the ID disc is essential. This time we had luck. Here we are cleaning it to be able to read it.