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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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    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 recent past as the "Largest WWII Campsite of all "

    A big call but from Townsville QLD to Cape Horn on the Cape York , large numbers of Australian and US forces occupied the area, Including extensive ground troops, air force and naval units ~ Plus large field hospital and logistical services ~

    So ~

    AIF and Aussie Mick


    I am off tomorrow and may actually switch to a third local AIF campsite which I have been eyeing off for several months and the site was actually confirmed by "Mick" when 'you' supplied me with the maps ~ thanks mate ~


    As for active munnitions ~ I agree, but I actually never even gave it a thought once I established the upper steel structure was empty ~

    (A bit more lackadaisical so no excuse ~ But there was a case up here in about 1959 when some whacker found a full blown mortar shell and took it home and proceeded to do surgery on it in the shed in a vice ~



    I think the Body count was ~ an eye ~ an arm and lost fingers on the opposite hand plus severe leg damage ~ )

    I grew up in rural NSW as a Baby Boomer with high capacity rifles including military ~ and even gelignite which was used to destroy rabbit warrens ~ and even Cyanide capsules ~ Perhaps that has produced a naive lack of respect within myself !!

    So appreciate your sentiments and any further discoveries will be left intact and the appropriate authorities advised ~

    Oh BTW does anyone know exactly what purpose that particular mortar shell served ~ as it is a little bizare !??

    I did Google but found nothing like it ~



    I am also assuming that the brass end cap is from a 2" mortar as I found it on a firing range (??)

    The firing range I found was in the land spit in the distance ~ Note the underground fuel tank in the fore ground. ( a local resident told me that when the water rises above the top slab there is a noticeable oil slick on the water !) But the 2/7th Cavalry did run cheifly Bren Gun carriers ~



    A nearby bunker . No one seems to know what purpose this served



    And I won't mention your 20 mm round episode , AIF/ Luke as I keep assuring Ms M, my (very patient ) Lady on the home front that the extensive 303 live blanks are quite harmless ~


    Time I feel to move the "Drawer collection" into the work and Brewery shop I feel ~ ~

    And Yes I assure d my Boss I will Not be bringing any such sample of any sort into the workplace either ~

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    Good stuff can't wait to see some more finds! ...I also grew up with guns and all sorts of dangerous stuff that kids now days can only dream about.
    I wouldn't worry too much about live .303 blanks I think they are pretty harmless (My opinion anyway)

    Keep us updated mate.

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    I can't tell exactly from your picture but the mortar is one of three things. Practice, smoke or para illum. Can you take a pic of the top please.

    Your safety cap is indeed from a 162 fuze, used in 2 inch mortars.

    Your 303 blanks are indeed safe, unless you do something stupid with them.

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    Good one Mate,
    Cant wait to see more of your finds.
    Happy Hunting

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    Cheers Blokes

    And thanks for your interest Steve T ~

    I woudl imagine that being a (typical) a rest and retraining area for many of the Australian units returning from North Africa ~ then besent to the New Guinea / Kokoda campaign and beyond ~ that the Mortar is a practice round for sure ~

    But I will post a shot as requested tomorrow as I am about to leave for the Office ` (Midnight to 09.30 hours this week)

    I just have difficulty getting my head around the physical concept of just how the round sits and is projected ~

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    the mortar is 2inch para illum

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    Quote by spotter View Post
    the mortar is 2inch para illum
    I was down the carboot flogging crap out of the garage, (146 ), and initially saw this on my tiny phone screen, in glaring sunlight. Obvious on a big screen

    That's my excuse anyway

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    Hey Spotter & Steve

    Sorry if I am little naive but what exactly is a Para Illum ~ an Illumination , flare type bomb ?

    ( BTW I love your Top Tip ~ Steve

    Who has not done this very thing. I have only had my Garrett AT Pro since Xmas ~ but now I feel I am extremely adept with it ~ But having said that I was digging yet another Tent site only weeks ago and the "dump " hole they apprently dug at the end of each tent site and i was down to at least a metre ~ and still not hit the gold ~ and I began to wonder if I had done this very thing ~

    In these holes as i am sure you know ~ I had to remove a pile of broken beer bottles ~ The hole got wider and deeper ~ In the end I filled it in again and said.. "O'll be Baarckk!! " Real strong signal too I WILL return !!

    Last time this happened it was under water and the goodies turned into a Duffle bag lock ! )

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    "Sorry if I am little naive but what exactly is a Para Illum ~ an Illumination , flare type bomb ?"

    Yes mate a parachute illumination round.

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    Woww Wooww What a day ~

    Went back to the trenches ~ and WOWWW~

    Found a superb three pence and a shilling ~ and Sunday I was crowing about finding my FIRST live intact 303 round ~ man !! What does one do with a hundred 303 rounds ~

    The photos are going to BLOW you away and long story short ~ A Army demolition expert is going to pick me up on Thursday to shwo him where I found the unstable 70 year old WWII ordnance in a standard military box buried at Tinaroo ~

    Details and photos shortly !!

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