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Back to the Bulge!

Article about: My last trip to the ardennes for a while, Not much to show except a nice nebelwerfer rocket or what was left of it . Next month I will be digging in Germany and meine douce Normandie. Cheers

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    Talking Back to the Bulge!

    I was gone for the whole day in the ardennes and did some nice finds.
    +-50 .30 Cal AP 30+ live
    -one winter coat USarmy,recoverd 2big brass button's and 1small.
    -7 .50 Cal 1 live.
    -9 7.92mm casing's 1 live.
    -1 flare cartridge.
    -1 German infantry shovel.
    -1 Barrel cleaning rod(I think for .50cal US or for a German 20mm).
    -1 German mortar igniter(81mm)
    -And the strangest thing of all 4 .303 casing's(2 from 1941 and 2 from 1944) Can't explain that one as there were no British units there...
    -And 1 7x57mm casing with the mark HP
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    Nice bit of history, well done...

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    I like the jacket. Is it a goner?

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    Looks to me like those .303's where fired from a Bren gun

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    Maybe a captured sten gun

    like your finds

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    Thanks,It's a shame, but yes the coat was total loss,a friend found 3 others not more than 5feet from where I was digging he recoverd almost 18 big en 4 small button's.The same for him total loss,they fell apart only by looking at them them he also found some peaces of a webbing and a leather glove with 10 .45 cal in,they where like new.Also an 81mm mortar tail (germ) a few feet further.Had a cold shill down my spine,being pepperd by a direct mortar hit, got to be a horrible way to go...

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    Vary nice finds.

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    Wasn't the sten a 9mm submachine gun? but why not,it's a possibillity, the germans were using all kinds of captured weapons.

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    Nice finds! What Id give to be able to have a hunt around there, ...correct me If Im wrong but doesnt one of the head stampings on the .303 cases have a manufacture date of 1957? also the one marked MJ is Australian made, which isnt unusual as Australia sent heaps of Ammo over as aid to England

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    Quote by AIF View Post
    Nice finds! What Id give to be able to have a hunt around there, ...correct me If Im wrong but doesnt one of the head stampings on the .303 cases have a manufacture date of 1957? also the one marked MJ is Australian made, which isnt unusual as Australia sent heaps of Ammo over as aid to England
    The one with the 7x57 HP is a Mauser cartridge, but i supose that it came from a hunter...
    Thanks for the intel on the MJ ,I just found a link to ID .303 headstamps DI is aparantly Canada(.303 Headstamp Cartridge Identification)

    Thanks to you all.

    Grtz Steven

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