This is my first post so go easy !!
Here a small number of the finds i have got in my collection. I have been metal detecting in various places over the past 5 years, finding my first relic on Sword beach some 5 years ago (half a cartridge case !). Since then i have gone from strength to strength and whilst only getting over to France/Belgium once every couple of years (what i term 'real' relic hunting), i spend alot of my relic hunting time on old WW2 firing ranges and airfields in the UK.
So here we go with a small number of my most memorable finds.....
A day at a virtually undisturbed WW2 firing range (my 4th visit in 6 months) gives a decent haul
Sword beach 2 years ago came up with over 150 finds including..... the bottom half of a solid 75mm AP shell .... A striking arm from a British Mills grenade ....... the tail fin from a 2inch mortar round.
A visit to the dunes about 1 mile from Vierville (Omaha Beach) produced a huge number of finds. Many in a small area where i think an american ammo dump was hit ?? What do you think ? Why else would so many casings be find so damaged in such a small area ?
Also found this cut down 40mm round. It looks machined.....what could it have been used for ? An ash tray perhaps ?
Lastly a cracking find on the 'secret' firing range i have found. Don't have a heart attack !! It's inert ! Trust me ..... when i found it i was on the verge of ringing the emergency services when i spotted the sand falling away from inside it. A bit of extremely gentle probing and i realised it was hollow ! A practice round perhaps ? A smoke round ? It is 80mm in diameter which, given the corrosion and expansion of the metal, leads me to believe it is probably a 75mm tank round.
A view inside the round so you can see it's hollow !
So what do you guys think ? I don't think i am doing too bad for a short timer !