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Some relics i found in the Netherlands

Discussion in 'Battlefield Relics' started by B.Jansen, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. B.Jansen

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    Hi,

    I'm just new here, and i would like to show some of the things i found here on the forum.
    Not everything is found by me, my brother also searches just like some of my friends.
    These are some of the things we found here at the battlefields of Market Garden.
    It's strickly forbidden to search here with a metaldetector in Arnhem/Renkum/Nijmegen.
    So when i go out i search at "the border" of this area were it is legal, or i dont take the detector with me and just walk around and keep my eyes open!
    A lot of stuff can be found just at the surface, especially when farmers just plowed the land.

    This one a friend of mine found in Oosterbeek just behind the old church
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    Remove before fireing cap.

    These i found on the same plowed field just a couple of weeks ago
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    20 mm hispano and a tail from a 81mm M34.

    These i found i the woods near Wageningen
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    A bren cartridge and a tube of brittish toothpaste, later on i found 20 more cartridges.


    Here i have a sten mag, also found just on the surface sticking out
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    A small collection of dutch war money made of zinc and a piece of a dutch uniform
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    This stuff is only a small collection of what i found the last 1,5 years.
    We also found alot of ammunition like handgrenades, bombs and bullets.
    These are reported to the police and removed by the bomb squad.
     
  2. Skipper

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    Nice relics I like the 81mm tail . is the cap a mortar lid?
     
  3. B.Jansen

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    Yes, its from a 2"
    Its from the field just behind the old church in Oosterbeek were major Lonsdale and some remains of the 1st, 3th, 11th Para Airborne and South Staffords batalion soldiers dug in during Market Garden.
    On this field there were multiple 2" morter's situated.


    I'm looking on my computer for more pictures of stuff we found.
    Here is one from a mills we found at DZ S, it has been taken care of by the bomb squad!
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    Incredible they still used those in 1944. I thought that Saint Nazaire in 1942 would have been a lesson for the use of this unstable grenade. Good you had it taken care of. Did they return the empty shell to you or was it confiscated and destroyed?
     
  5. B.Jansen

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    If there is one thing i find plenty of it are pieces of grenades.
    This one was taken by the bomb squad and detonated at a safe place.
    Sometimes you can go with them and detonate it yourself, this never hapend to me unfortunately.
    Here in the Netherlands its illegal to own parts of ammunion like this even if it is emty.

    I cant remember how many grenades we found the past 1,5 years but enough to stop counting and take pictures.
    Mortars are also a very common find here, mostly us and brittish.
    As i mentioned before there are areas here that are strickly forbidden to search with a metaldetector because of this reason.
    Seaching in these area's can get you a very big fine and they confiscate your detector.
    But ther are plenty more places where you can search for war relics and find these kind if dangerous devices.

    A few months ago someone found an live 500lbs bomb not far from here.
    It took the bomb squad 3 days to investigate, disarm and detonate it.
    This was in one of the areas where it is forbidden, the newspaper said the person anonymously reported it.
     
  6. AndyPants

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    Some great relics there Jansen, I like the sten mag especially - thanks for showing them.
     
  7. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    Many thanks for sharing these photos with us - they are fascinating examples of what can still be found just by using the 'Mk I Eyeball'......
     
  8. Skipper

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    Sad you can't even keep them when they are deactivated.
     
  9. B.Jansen

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    I dont have pictures of my latest finds, but last week i dug up a transportation cap of a british 25 pndr at least i think it is.
     
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    go for it! I'd love to see it
     
  11. B.Jansen

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    The detonator is being cleaned by a friend using electrolyse at this moment.

    Today i found 2 kriegsmarine buttons and an dutch war medal.
    My friend found a R.A.D. emblem! View attachment 13764
     

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    Great finds, the Rad emblem is fine.

    The William medal is the Dutch Expedition Cross ( expedtie Kruis nederlands Indiƫ) is in excellent condition. It was first awarded in 1869 and was awarded to colonial troops up to the 1930s. I suppose your find was loss by a veteran who wore it when he went to a ceremony at his local church and dropped it during the ceremeony which took place just behind. I wouldn't be surprised the Rad emblem also belonged to a churchgoer.
     
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    I dont think someone lost it post war, it was in the middle of the woods.
    We found a lot of english material around it, clearly a dump site.
     
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    Ok, a dump site makes sense too.
     

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