• WW2 relics, Battle of the Bulge. Found some amazing stuff!
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Schönberg (or Schoenberg) is a small town in Eastern-Belgium. It lies, surrounded by dense forests, on the border between Belgium and Germany. With its vital bridge over the Our river, it was in the centre of the frontlines in 1944. Not far away was the Siegfried Line which was now occupied by American forces, waiting to push on into Germany. Schönberg played an essential role in the capture of two of the 106th's main Infantry regiments. Forces of the 18th VGD surrounded the two Regiments by making a pincer move through Andler and by coming up the Bleialf-Schönberg road, thus closing the gap and trapping the two unfortunate Regiments in the heights overlooking the town. Hill 504 became a killing ground. My friends and I decided to go there and search for relics with our metal detector. We didn't expect to actually find something but we did. So this is the place where we did the digging: [img]http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/317467_10150301436383610_786303609_7863416_4488644_n.jpg[/img] Soon we had our first signal and I started digging. [img]http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/294595_10150301427863610_786303609_7863291_5893392_n.jpg[/img] These are the things we found that weekend, it was fucking amazing! US .30 ammo crate top : [img]http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/6113/dsc0011fa.jpg[/img] US aluminium water bottle with markings U.S. 1942 : [img]http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/8370/dsc0001xv.jpg[/img] US knife and fork: [img]http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/5637/dsc0003bo.jpg[/img] No idea what these are... [img]http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/596/dsc0010eh.jpg[/img] and last but not least this German k98 bayonet! [img]http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/5196/dsc0002pk.jpg[/img] A very successful trip, can't wait to go again.
Dat fork&knife
So no bombs?
dat bayonet. On a serious note, you could always loan those cool things to a local museum.
[QUOTE=ksenior;32125703]So no bombs?[/QUOTE] Nope only shrapnel... [editline]5th September 2011[/editline] [QUOTE=Ruski v2.0;32125736]dat bayonet. On a serious note, you could always loan those cool things to a local museum.[/QUOTE] No local museums where I live, it is a cool idea though.
Damn thats awesome! [editline]5th September 2011[/editline] I love the combat knife.
Wow nice finds... definitely try and get these exhibited, especially the bayonet.
It's a bayonet
It's pretty cool but I hope you know it's also very dangerous.
thats awesome! I wish I could have done something like this. Man, that is really interesting. I wonder how much that stuff is worth to collectors or museums.
[QUOTE=Killuah;32125879]It's pretty cool but I hope you know it's also very dangerous.[/QUOTE] It isn't when you know what you're doing. There are always some mindless fucks stabbing there shovels into the ground without thinking and they get blown up. But that ain't me.
it's sad to know the who ever was using them items in WW2 are properly long dead
Damn I wish there was something like that to do in Australia
[QUOTE=Sniping Robot;32126249]Damn I wish there was something like that to do in Australia[/QUOTE] Nothing ever happens here...
Nice man, I've always wanted to do something like this. I would like to do it around some of the pacific islands tho.
I suggest you go get someone to restore em.
Wow. super jealous right now.
[QUOTE=Ignhelper;32126772]I suggest you go get someone to restore em.[/QUOTE] I'm just going to clean them up a little, remove the dirt and some of the rust, that's it..
[QUOTE=kirederf7;32125925]It isn't when you know what you're doing. There are always some mindless fucks stabbing there shovels into the ground without thinking and they get blown up. But that ain't me.[/QUOTE] What's you experience in finding stuff like this? because from the pictures it looks like you guys are just digging anywhere where your metal detector goes off. I'm a little worried your detectors going to go off, everyone get's excited and the next thing you know you've stuck your shovel into a hand grenade.
[QUOTE=kirederf7;32126821]I'm just going to clean them up a little, remove the dirt and some of the rust, that's it..[/QUOTE] dont do that yet. ask an expert.
wow awesome even more special that you found it yourself
[QUOTE=FinalHunter;32127735]Am I the only one that chuckles when I read, "Battle of the Bulge"?[/QUOTE] Probably. You could call it the Ardennes Offensive like us Belgians do.
These things have a lot of history behind them. As suggested previously in the thread, you should donate them to a museum. Just because there are none around you doesn't mean you can call some up and ask if they are willing to foot the shipping costs. Not only would they be restored, they will have a wonderful home where thousands of people can appreciate them for what they are.
Try leaving some of the rusty items in coke over night, the acid should clear a lot of the rust off.
[QUOTE=krakadict;32126217]it's sad to know the who ever was using them items in WW2 are properly long dead[/QUOTE] You do realize that the US alone has 2,000,000+ living veterans of WWII?
Give that shit to a museum so it can actually serve a purpose besides sitting in your shelf, utterly forgotten.
[QUOTE=hehe;32126959]What's you experience in finding stuff like this? because from the pictures it looks like you guys are just digging anywhere where your metal detector goes off. I'm a little worried your detectors going to go off, everyone get's excited and the next thing you know you've stuck your shovel into a hand grenade.[/QUOTE] You just have to dig around the signal, you wont hit stuff that way, easy. Like I said before I'm not stabbing the ground like a mad cow who wants to be remembered by blowing itself up. All of the museums I saw are packed with this stuff, they don't want stuff that came out of the ground because it's not worth restoring, they can find original ww2 items in better condition anywhere they want. I would be happy if my stuff went to a museum, but they probably don't even want it. [editline]5th September 2011[/editline] [QUOTE=gerbile5;32127327]dont do that yet. ask an expert.[/QUOTE] I have contacted experts, I know how I need to do it.
that's pretty awesome, if i did that around my area and found anything from WW2 it'd probably be a bomb or part of a plane or something. There's loads of air raid bunkers which still have propaganda posters in but they're shit scary and there's a couple pillboxes and old radar stations as well.
[QUOTE=kirederf7;32126821]I'm just going to clean them up a little, remove the dirt and some of the rust, that's it..[/QUOTE] Never attempt to restore items yourself. You could end up damaging them and depreciating their over-all value.
[QUOTE=FinalHunter;32127975]If you didn't know this I'm going to murder you, but your avatar reads "I am an Ancient" in Ancient. I had to comment. :v:[/QUOTE] Of course I knew that, I wrote it.
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