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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

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    The 12 gauge cart could be from a 3" mortar round.
    Cheers
    Gary

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    Cheers HM / Gary

    Good thought ~ I find a few of these caps in AIF camp sites ~ and I was not aware of the Australian military using 12 gauge shot guns in WWII ~

    I think the US Army used them extensively ~ even in WWI ~

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    I think the Jack Knife has gone as far as it can !

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    On Saturday it was a planned four man team hunt~ we were fully expecting to get seriously rained on!

    I had even offered to take a MD novice along for the day ~ but being a self proclaimed expert on the weather as he calls him self~ a Storm Chaser for BOM ~ he declined for that very reason~ "Going to be seriously raining!"

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    So ~ the weather was looking very iffy as it has showered d for the last few days and humidity very high.

    In stead we were showered o three times.. and at days end I was Sun burnt on the lower legs and seriously burnt on the right fore arm where my shirt sleeve kept riding up while swinging the MD Jive !

    I was on site around 07.30 ~ and headed off before the other blokes arrived. In my usual manner I started out by doing cursory / quick runs to recce the site. My results were not to flash ~ Too fast ~

    Terry demonstrated in his usual fashion .. slow and steady with impressive results after his arrival ~

    The rain showers swept through every few hours ~ and wet us but not deterred us ~

    By midday I was looking grim again with only a 2/3 "AUSTRA~ " Badge and misc items ~ Terry was looking impressive with his usual slow and low technique !

    Total mornings collection ~ 90% was Terry's effort .

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    Lower frags were 4 1/2" mortar fragments ~ and a mystery item at upper centre. The "guest" Steve who isa weapons collector felt it may be a component of a Bren Gun and was planning to take it home to compare with his same weapons.

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    After Smoko we headed out as a team with a target area in mind which none of us had Been on previously ~ but I had been 'eyeing off".

    As we worked toward the area I actually missed 'sighting' the FIRST EVER snake that blessed us with its presence as he slithered between Terry and I ~

    But this afternoon was to be Stuart's win as I discovered a coin spill and a possible tent site as targets came as a Rush. Terry forged on to recce the areas ahead but fell well short of his mornings efforts ~

    I scored the fourth blank ID tag in a row ~ The other two put in a mediocre show and left for Cairns around 14.30 ~ Terry headed home around 16.00 and I followed shortly after ~

    A great day for me ~ TWO KG V 1916 Shillings + two trench are pieces the heart made from a penny as it still has some of the print still on the face.

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    (As per normal , numerous 303 rounds and shell not included ~ or detritus ~ )

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    Three hunts in since the last report ~ Full on ~

    One new site ~ One Weds , yesterday and another today Sunday ~

    Another planned for Wednesday ~


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    Any suggestions ~

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    Advertisement 1933

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    About to forge the River!~

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    Yet another Mid week Hunt ~

    But hey ~ I am on three weeks leave anyway ~

    Two of us rendezvoused around 07.30 and hit the site for a few hours which turned into 4 hours before the sheer Summer heat beat us back to the shelter of the Gum trees and the shade where a bonus breeze gave us a reprieve ~

    Took us an hour to get motivated again ~

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    Dug some nice relics ~ Terry scored several Rising Suns and a nice KG V sixpence ~

    Voted as Score fo the day ~ I almost tossed it as scrap but when I brushed it off ~

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    1923 KG V ~ assume targeted by a "scoped' 303 LE !

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    Plus a mystery item which I know of one other found in a Canadian European conflict site ~

    HELP!!

    Thought it was centre tube for a Mills bomb but does not fit the alloy centre tube I have ???

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    Plus the two pounder base was donated by mate Terry to my growing 40 mm / 2 lber collection ~

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    Any idea ~

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    The buttons and the penny was so badly encrusted they were un-identifiably~ so I flamed them ~

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    Could the collar be off a mk2 shrapnel mine ? Help Please! British landmine
    Cheers
    Gary

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    Oh man ,Looove that shot up coin! Wonderfull
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    Oh man ,Looove that shot up coin! Wonderfull
    Inka

    Mate ~ I can just see a Digger shooting out the coin with his scope and LE, and being so pumped he took it back to camp to show off ~

    And over time the novelty wore off and he tossed it ~ maybe !

    Gary ~ thanks for the input ~ "we" were thinking along the same lines ~ but had nothing to compare with ~

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    The KG V partially cleaned up ~

    NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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