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    And more
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    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Thanks Paul , some realy good finds mate , the condition of the ammo pouchs is amazeing , cheers Raymond

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    Hello, sorry for the long silence. Here's some pics from last time digging.
    In the same trench (on the south-east corner of Gren. Hill) where we found a Flandern soldier just about 3 meters far we found a two russians soldiers killed in aktion. Bodies was whole. I think they were killed in a trench during a close combat. One soldier had a fragmentation in a stomach and broken arm. He also had a PPSCH on the neck, but remains only a belt. After the retaiking the trenches germans cutted with the knife the PPSCH but dropped it down because it was damaged. The PPSCH we found later in a trench one meter far.
    The second soldier was wounded to the face and hold it with the hands. We found his soldier book in a pocket. There also was a couple of a letters. But everything are gone. Only we can read address of a letter, (may be his father or brother or friend from Sverdlovskaja oblast, Siberia)
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    Lately I digged with the Robo a good garbage hole near the big german bunker. There was a half of Niederland dog tag.
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    two times ago we found three ss buckles, but all was steel and rusty. Last time we found three belts but all of them without buckles. Margus took one to the home and wash it. Then he found a "SS Norge regiment" inscription on it.

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    The photos are spot on, nice to see you are getting good results from the area. The excavation of the bodies are first class with all details on show. Well done. Catch you later.
    Consilio et Impeto

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    Nice work Pavel where was the big German bunker ?

    Can you post a close up of the nederland tag ?

    cheers my friend

    Paul
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Hiya Alex, Dimas, Pavel, Vladimir and Robo and members of Das Auvere Schutzengraben Taucher Abteilung, many thanks for a wonderful trip! Had an absolutely amazing time (once again!!) and can`t wait to get back there again in Sept. and see some more fascinating WW2 eastern front history being unearthed.
    The weather was exellent, the forests were incredibly beautiful in the early Estonian springtime and I could not have wished to have been there with better people!
    Thanks once again to you all!!.

    see ya boys, Gary.
    `The Russian Front does not put meat upon a mans bones` - Robert Shaw.

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    Hi, everybody, especcially to members of Das Auvere Schutzengraben Taucher Abteilung. Thank you for your reply.
    Paul, sorry, but this picture of a Ned. tag is the best, I made about 10 pics, but something was wrong with my camera or with my arms.
    It's a 759 ERS.KP.FRW.LEG. NEDERLAND. The condition is "so so". Anyway, Robo has took it.
    Big bunker located on the west-north side of a gren.hill, down under the big Cross monument, about 100 meters far. This bunker was digged 15 years ago by Robo and Valera Knjaz. At that time they also found a half of a Nederland dog tag.
    On the next week we plane to go to the eastern field, near the Kinderheim hill, it's strictly near the farms where was a first trenches with the Danmarks captured by russians in a first day of an offensive in july 27. 5 years ago some farmers during an agricultural work found a german remains there with the Danmark tags and lately Valera Knjaz tryied to dig there and found about 5 bodies, but he did it afraid of owner of field. We have a permission. Hope that Valera did not found all of them.

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    Thanks Paul the picture of the tag is still good enough to make out the details and the font etc

    Looks like an early member of the Legion Nederland before they became Seyffard and De Ruyter.

    Sounds like the east fields near the Kinderheim will be a good place most of the guys in those first Danmark trenches will never have been recovered after the first day of the Battle so most of them will still be there. As you say hopefully Valera will not have found all of them.

    When are you going to do that dig ?
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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