ok what I tried to to say was... :-) That in my opinion, it is difficult to go to Europe and search for holliday for a few days - and doing this without guide. Of course you can help yourself with very good research. But it can be as finding the needle in the haystack. I have searched on battlefields that should be rich on equipment - finding little....
But I have also searched battlesfields where there as nothing to be read about them, nothing to see.... But with a guide finding a lot !
Part of the Hurtgne Forest is all dug up and you can see a small digging hole for each 2 meter. Off course Hurgtgen Forest is big - but again if you only have 3 days of searching that will be a gamble.....
Just my opinion..... :-) And yes of course - remember the laws.....
Thank you very much for the replies!
I might be going to France in October, but I have some questions.
-Where can I get a metal detector from in Canada?
- Do I require to show anything at the airport if I bring it along?
And the biggest question is, where should I do some searching?
Even if I cannot bring a metal detector along, I will still end up trying.
I've been reading about warfare for 8 years, and it was this year that I first got to go to France Holland and Belgium.
While I was there a couple of months ago, I found 2 bullet casings near the Ulster Tower Memorial as well as some barbed wire.
I also bought a helmet for 20 euros, which I need some help identifying.
It looks like a british ww1 helmet, but it has the belgian flag on it.
While in a museum in belgium, I saw it in an exhibit and it said that it was used from 1914- 1945.
While I was there I tried in vain to buy a German Helmet. I have always wanted one that is rusted etc. I might be buying a reproduction one butI still want a rusty bucket.
I have to add that unless you have very good local contacts and guides or are fluent in Russian and have a good knowledge of the country do not even think about turning up and wandering about over there !!
Ok the only laws I know for sure are the Danish ones...
The laws regarding digging WW2 relics in Denmark are not that problematic - but there is also less to find. In general you can search a ww2 site if you have the land owners permission. Many of the bunkers are lying on the beach which in general is public area. This means that it is not legal to dig there as you can destroy the grass holding the sand dunes together etc. but in general no laws against searching.
But in general nobody will ever care if you do it.....
LOOKING FOR ALL TYPES OF INTERESTING ORIGINAL WWII GERMAN CIVIC HELMETS.
(Luftschutz,police,RLB,RAD,DRK also parade helmets)
So I do not need a permit or anything? I just need to have the farmer/ local official's permission? Or is it harder than it sounds?
As for France, metal detecting is strictly illegal. If you are caught detecting on land, there will be consequences. But the beaches are o.k, thats probably where you should go, even though there probably isn't much left.
Looking for WW2 RCAF Uniform Insignia