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What Bits Can You Find On Holiday In France ?

Article about: Just back from a fortnights' holiday in Burgundy and was in the right mood to browse around. Here are the fruits of my rummagings.... OK, the KwK42 shell box came from the Vimoutiers Militar

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    Just back from a fortnights' holiday in Burgundy and was in the right mood to browse around. Here are the fruits of my rummagings....

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    OK, the KwK42 shell box came from the Vimoutiers Militaria Bourse for 30 Euros, as did the back copies of 'Armes & Militaria' ( E1.5 each from M. Lodieu ).

    Now, nothing much actually happened in Burgundy ( it's not like Normandy or the Channel Ports ) so you really have to look among the 'ordinary' antiques to find any WWII bits. My Wife was browsing around a small brocante near where we were staying ; full of glass and china. But in the window I spotted two large bakelite charge canisters for the Le f.H. 16/18, dated 1941/2. Priced at 8 Euros each I got them for 15. The owner explained that they were old film canisters and looked a bit unhappy when I ( rather tactlessly, maybe ) told him they were for 'un obus Allemand'.

    Then we went to the huge Sunday flea market at Chagny ( 150 stalls ). Loads of old junk but I quickly found the two brass, 1940-dated 2cm flak cases. 1 Euro each ( well, it'd have been rude not to ! ). Nothing much else except some worthless, rusted-out German gasmask canisters. But one guy was bringing some tatty uniform bits out of an old van and I spotted the blowtorch. It's huge, with German maker plate and warning notice. 30 Euros.

    Finally, an antique shop ( run by an English lady ) in Nolay. Loads of nice glass and china - in a shed out back are two WWII French gasmasks ( not my cup of tea ). I'm just leaving when I spot the M42 shell sitting on a seat in the window. It's been used post-war by a farmer as a cattle-feed scoop ; you can see the holes and one side is cracked. the other side is perfect and it's not rusted out at all. The price is OTT at 40 Euros but I like it and it's a nice holiday souvenir so I pay the lady .....

    ( Oh, and the crumpled rusty bit in front is something - maybe the back of a vehicle lamp ? - which I pulled from under a hedge opposite the Mont Ormel Cafe in the Falaise Gap. It still has some Sandfarbe attached ).

    Quite a fun holiday browse.......

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    Some nice finds ,always good when you can find a few items on a family Hoilday done it a few times myself over years stopping off a junks shops when driving around France

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    Nice stuff. Rich A. in Pa.
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    Cool finds!

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    The "charge canisters" are for Kartusche Vorlagen.... These were used to reduce the flash of the howitzer when firing. The Bakelite ones you show contained 10 of these flash reducers. I think the contents were Potassium. If you want any pics of the actual sacs I could send you some.

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    Now that I did not know ! Many thanks....that explains 'Kart Vorl' on the lids.......

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