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found a m48 Trip flare

Discussion in 'Battlefield Relics' started by Hecke, Feb 7, 2016.

  1. Hecke

    Hecke Active Member

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    Last week i found a u.s war relic,a m48 trio flare that was used against the germans AT operation queen,better know as the battle of hurtgenforest...I tried to restore it cause it was totally rusty and looked .i mamaged to bring back the original colour..more or less After over 70 years in the forest....here are some photos....
     

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    Sorry for the Double Post,but here are some more pics
     

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    Nice find indeed. Maybe you can add some khaki shoe polis to restore some of the initial olive drap.
     
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    Its already painted with clear varnish..
     
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    Varnish covers the surviving paint , polish restores some of the initial color it and is removable. This is why I prefer polish. Your varnish job looks nice though.
     
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    The Problem was,that there wasnt much original paint left.after finding it in the forest i thought there isnt any original paint left and IT was just a rusty item.i had no idea was it was and First deceided to ler it in the forest.glad i saw the Word flare in it..IT was just there,next to a tree,not even hidden in the ground..maybe it stood there since it was placed by an American soldier back in 1944/45
     

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    Anyhting is possible. It could have been left behind or found recently by a digger who chose to leave it for the next guy. When you have 30 kilos to carry there are choices to be made.
     
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    That could be possible too.if so,im happy He left it there...
     

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