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Australian WWII - Far North Queensland Metal detecting and recovery

Article about: Hi Blokes ~ I am posting this as an going blog for interested parties that have been following my fossicking of (extensive) WWII ~ Far North Qld Australia . This area has been described in r

  1. #411

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    Oh Great Sean ~ Another watch item ~ ..

    I have some three items pending on my Sniper Ebay software and two more in the snail mail plus two already arrived this week ~

    Phew ~ I am going to have to do some fast talking here ~~

    Thanks !!

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    Well Our Wet season is building now ~

    Every day there is storm activity across the area ~ it is hit and miss though as to whether one gets rained on hammered by lightning ~

    I headed out to do a solo Hunt on an old site which I have worked extremely hard But as the dam, is dropping as it does leading into 2015 I figured was worth a few hours ~


    Sure enough despite a lot of detritus and rotten 303 shells a few goodies appeared ~

    A Water baby ~ hiding below the surface among the stones ~ Blink and you miss it !

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    A mystery item .. not the drum bung! ~ looks like a bearing cover to me ~ ANY IDEAS !?? HAd a line of thought but no back up on the theory !

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    Eventually I was forced back to the car by a downpour !

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    The couple of hours reward ~

    The 2 lber safety triangle is intact I will straighten and fit to the 2 lber shell I am "restoring" ~

    The small rod looks like a firing pin rod (?) and the point matches a 303 shell case primer impact perfectly ~ (??)

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    Is this the Bearing cap ?

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    In fact this area was occupied by extensive numbers of Grant M3 tanks from 1942 on !

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    AWM Description

    WATSONVILLE AREA, QLD. 1944-04-28. TROOPS OF THE 2/6TH INFANTRY BATTALION MOVING FORWARD BEHIND GENERAL GRANT M3 MEDIUM TANKS OF THE 2/9TH ARMOURED SQUADRON FOR AN ASSAULT ON CHURCH KNOLL AND CATHEDRAL KNOLL DURING A TRAINING EXERCISE. ONE OF THE GENERAL GRANT TANKS DURING THE OUTFLANKING MOVE TOWARDS JAP HILL.
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    AWM: ATHERTON TABLELAND, QLD. 1943 07 02. TANKS MOVING IN TO SUPPORT THE 2 13TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION, DURING A DEMONSTRATION OF TANK AND INFANTRY ATTACK METHODS.
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    Well Seems my friend in Holland nailed the pin !



    Found one!


    This is what your striker is off.

    Apparently its some kind off booby trap detonator.

    Found a site with a little info.

    Scroll down at this place:

    Explosives and Booby Traps of the Auxiliary Units

    Grtz
    R

    Ironically or co-incidently I found that other Booby trap trigger some 15 metres from this one ~

    And if you go to "Switches" both of them are opposite each other on the right hand side of the picture ~

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    Put a big weekend on cleaning up some of my badge and buckle relics ~ Ideally I am merely removing the crud and never endeavouring to restore the item ~ but merely making them much more appealing ~

    Most of the Australia badges , the webbing buckles and another 9mm round ~

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    Among a Host of small purchases in the last week Ihave pciked up a Victorian Mounted Rifles badge ~

    I scored this out of Militaria business in the UK ~ reasonable price ~ probablyu one of the more expensive badges I have bought ~ but still a nice score IMO !

    This unit served most notably in the Boer War/s.

    Victorian Mounted Rifles

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    Well~ Wednesday hunt yet again ~

    One of my earliest up and at it, yet~ Up at 04.00 after a midnight finish at the Office and bed at 00.30!

    Ed and I on site around at 07.45!

    Still and warm already ~ Ed and I as always split in different directions ~ I was struggling with nothing outstanding ~ Terry arrived on site around 08.30 after driving from Cairns ~

    He had stopped and did a small local hunt prior to joining us ~ And the bugger found "My Holiest of Holies " ~ A Unit cap badge!

    A Royal Pioneer Corp badge !

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    Pioneer (military) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    (Australian units listed mid page.)


    Mean while Ed had picked up a quite a few coins including a US coin ~I scored a .30 cal US shell case even more evidence of US presence in the camp site ~

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    Ed dug a nice AUST Army D/\D MUG~

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    Meanwhile Stuart is Struggling !

    By midday the heat was on, the rise and Stuart was definitely on an off day !

    Ed and Terry were doing quite well ~

    We moved camp to site number one not far away ~

    Terry was struggling ~ as I was ~ Ed headed off to the Wet canteen site for another base !

    Ed was the big winner ~ ( I missed snapping his total for the day but he ended up with eighteen coins and a bewt hat Rising Sun ~

    Terry scored several Trench art pieces ~ Nice !

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    Around 13.00 we headed back but Terry and I decided to spend some more time at his first "stop off" site of the APC badge as Ed had to go rescue a mate who had just bought a new boat ~

    Terry fell short but the Australia badge and the AMF buttons saved my day ~ Plus a several nice period bottle/ jars added some dignity! `

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    Burning off cordite

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    I have posted this same post on Steve T's great post on Identifying shell cases ~

    Hey Blokes

    I dug these two mystery shell cases in our known military WWII area today ~

    No idea



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    Third rimmed cartridge is a LE 303

    Measurements are ~ at base < 11.80 mm> ~ projectile mounts damaged / out of round ~ < 7.00 - 7.09 mm>


    Wondering if they military Blanks (??)

    First thought was that they are US Army as I also dug US Army webbing buckle today ~ also a rarity in our area ~

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    No shortage of lead sinkers either ~

    The Brass water/ oil drum cap is always welcome in my hunts ~

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    The bonus was ~ There was a huge Mango tree on the road side ~ so I hooked in ! LOL


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    They are 30-06 shell casings made in Lake City USA in 1969, hope that helps.

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    Cheers TM ~

    I did wonder if they were more recent ~ but 1969 ~

    I have found more recent shells and been told there were pre Vietnam war exercises conducted in this area ~

    I did wonder if it was time framed back to the 1903 Springfield ~ after all in 1942 the best equipment as we know was sent to the North African front ~ (Right? )

    And this area was deemed the most obvious that the Japanese would invade first and foremost ~ And the Australian military and MacArthur agreed this area was most appropriate for training and a natural spring board for dealing with the threat ~ and beyond ~

    Cheers
    Mate ~

    Thanks for your input ~ Always appreciated ~

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    Headed out around 11.30 on Saturday ~ heavy over cast southerly breeze.

    Fire up north~ Still bloody dry as ~

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    On site around midday ~

    This is old ground which I have frequented regularly for the past two years and it rarely fails to deliver some goodies ~

    Still no rain and dry as a cracker ~ the ground hard as ~

    After several hours hunting at the half way mark ~

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    The oval piece is a manufacturer's identity plate ~ a tractor of machinery ?? (If it cleans up well okay ~ if not in the bin~ )

    Plus an Aust badge and a rather sad Jack Knife ~ (The jack knife I now have in the electrolysis vat ~

    I then went water wading ~ trying out the new waders for the first ~ a lot of targets and no shortage of 303 blanks ~ but had to chase around the bottom to catch a 1943 KG VI !

    But they were great and I will be using them a lot more ~

    Only spent an hour before heading back to home base ~

    The final total

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    The brass 12 gauge base is stamped 12 ELEY KNOCH with ICI logo.

    I found the knife in a military WWII dump ~ along with with the webbing buckles, the 1922 KG V and the KG VI 1943 Pennies and the Aust badge ~

    ( I actually found a fire site nearby (Approx a kilometre away), some time ago and among the buckles and remnants I found a lot of the cable U hooks ! So it would seem the Aust forces did sport Jack Knives ~ )

    typical jack knife in WWII Commonwealth forces ~

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