When Legenda is out in the field they bring cameras and videocameras to document what they find. One of the guys sent me this clip I hadn`t seen before with some of their finds between 1999 and 2005. I might put up some other clips here later for you to enjoy , so keep checking in:)
Early this summer we were in a forest outside Saldus, where the frontline ran during the Kurland battles. Fierce fighting took place here and everywhere you make a sweep with the metaldetector you get a signal from shrapnel or other battle discards. Legenda have found and recovered several missing soldiers here earlier. I think it was the Swedes in the group that had luck first this time. They dug on a interesting signal and soon found bones. The remains was in pieces so it was obvious the soldier had been killed by an explosison. As the winter had stayed longer than usual this spring, the soil was water filled and very hard to dig but that didnt stop the guys from opening another hole where another fallen was found. The soldiers was identified as Soviet by the equipment found with them. I dont have much pics of this dig as at this point I had wandered off on my own and was lost in the Latvian forest, running around like a headless chicken trying to find my way back, but thats for another report.
Located in the middle of Riga's Old Town in the old Powder Tower, is one serious war museum. The tower itself has a long history spanning back to the beginning of the 14th century. It was destroyed by invading Swedes around 1621 and rebuilt 30 years later and it has housed the museum since 1919. The red brick tower is easy to find and is a beautiful building with climbing ivy covering parts of the wall. It doesn't look really big from the outside and I was therefore surprised when I exited the museum realizing I had spent nearly 3 hours there. It's a huge exhibition covering Latvia's military history from the 11-1200 A.D., but with most of the focus on 20th century conflicts. It is open daily and has free entry.
Well worth a visit if in Riga!