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British Army Dump - October 2011 - Last RRPG dig of the year !

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    Default British Army Dump - October 2011 - Last RRPG dig of the year !

    Hi all

    Well, we had the last RRPG dig of the year this weekend at the British Army dump we've been to on a couple of previous occasions.

    This visit was attended by;

    Steve T
    Dangermouse + friend to help dig
    Jayh
    M3Bobby + dad
    Billers
    DaveJB

    It was, like every visit to this site so far, well worth the completely knackered back, arms and legs that I am suffering with today. I reckon I must have shifted a couple of tons of earth at least ! I didn't get up until late and have only just worked my aching joints loose enough to take pictures and sort out my finds

    Anyone would think I was as old as Dave............

    So let's get this thread started. A few shots of everything I recovered and some close ups of a few special items. I'll be cleaning like a looney over the next few weeks and will post pictures of cleaned stuff as soon as it gets done

    Pile one. Quite a few Sten parts and some nice magazines far right. You may also notice the remains of a Lewis mag on the right as well. There was a lot of swearing when this came out the hole as I probably decimated it myself, thinking it was another pile of rusty tin cans ! Oh well.......

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    More LE bolts and other bits. Lots of sten parts again and quite a few LE mags. Note the Sten magazine holders mid shot......not found one of these before so a nice addition to the collection of Sten parts.

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    Here they are a little closer. Not sure if the other object is anything. Not ID'd it yet.

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    A Bren Butt plate and two LE butt plates, one still attached to the stock !

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    Another first from the site, the larger Mk 2 Sten mag loading tool. Found plenty of the Mk 4s but this was the first of this type. In good condition to.

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    You can't see these too well at the moment but believe me when I say they are good finds ! Above the standard 303 inspection rounds is a Boyes round, but a very strange one. It is solid cast metal and may have been an armourers tool. Whatever it was used for it's damned unusual ! To the left of the Boyes is a Bore viewing tool. It still has the mirror intact and will clean up very nicely you wait and see ! First time I have recovered one from the site. Far right top are the end stock cover for a No 4 LE.

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    Last picture for now. A 20rnd Thompson mag and a BAR mag. Both firsts for me from this site.

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    Lots and LOTS more pictures to come. Wait and see what M3 and DM found !!! Oh, and Billers had the find of the visit........

    Steve T

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    Great finds Steve,looking forward to seeing the others.Thanks for showing

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    Ok, here is the first cleaned bit. I couldn't wait to clean this

    It's a bore mirror, for checking inside the barrel without having to shove your eye over the end

    Here it is before cleaning.

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    And here it is after 15 minutes of cleaning using a metal scourer, brillo pad and a touch of Cillit Bang!

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    Unfortunately the mirror didn't survive. It was smashed anyway when I first dug it up so I wasn't surprised when it fell out completely. Would've been nice to try and preserve it but it wasn't to be in this case. You can see where it sat though, at a 45 degree angle to allow viewing inside the barrel.

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    Somewhere in my pile of finds I believe I may have the cap for it that attaches to the end of the chain. Fingers crossed !

    Much more to come !

    Steve T

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    Quote by Steve T View Post
    Hi all


    Here they are a little closer. Not sure if the other object is anything. Not ID'd it yet.

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    This kinda looks like this:

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    Best Regards

    Vegard T.
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    Looking for militaria from 38. Batterie, Heeres Küsten Artillerie Regiment 977, also from 31, 32 and 36. Batterie.

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    Hi Vegar, you are correct. But I think Steve is looking to id the grid like object in the pic which features the Sten Mag housing.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Nice finds!

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    Vegar - Thanks my friend but Ade is correct. I am seeking an ID on the grid object in the picture. I knew what the mag housing was when it came out the ground, as you could tell from my cheers and swearing

    BB - Thanks mate

    Steve T

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    Ive never heard such disgraceful swearing as when Steve pulled the Lewis mag out broken, terrible, and i never swore once throuhout the entire day, he even swore at me when i fell into his hole, tut tut

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    ..... he even swore at me when i fell into his hole, tut tut
    ..........But then I thanked you because I realised I could follow the seam of Sten parts I'd found, even though a lot of them were broken because your 23 stone had landed on them.


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    A seam, it was more like a gopher hole, every where you tried to walk, it was "careful you cant tread there, or there or here" when i did eventually find a place to walk what happened , i fell down another bloody hole, theres more tunnels under there than Stalag luft III, Even the rabbits are jealous for being outdone in burrowing

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