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Dig trip to Belyi

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    I just came back from a short 3 day trip to the Belyi area. We have a friend there who owns some land that we could dig. Unfortunately after one and a half day they was preparing the area for a wild pig hunt, so we had to go to other places. Also we had planned to use a Lada Niva for searcing the area, but it was not possible so we had to use our Volvo and our legs. Because of this our search area became quite limited to say the least, but i will post som pics from the trip anyway. It was a really bitter pill to swallow, having all the maps and so on ready... We managed to find a German trench that had not been dug, and that was really cool. Hope to dig it soon. We also ran into some Soviet trenches of course.

    Pics from Soviet trench .

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    Good photos Datrus, I look forward to seeing what you find at the German positions! Is that a Gulaš in the pan...? Looks good whatever it is...I can almost smell it!



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    Here is some of the finds, among them Soviet hand grenade sleeves, hand grenade that we left behind, some mortars and so on. I have some items i would be happy if someone could identify, and they are.

    The cooling rib that looks like it comes from a double barrel gun. Soviet trench.

    We found some spent ammunition that i think is from MG 34 or 42 but the casings have a strange red colour i have not seen before. Maybe a chemical reaction i don't know but they are better preserved than the non red ones. They are stamped P 25 S 17 38

    And the small bottle neck round

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    I also look forward to see what is in that trench, if there is anything. The food is a lot of beans and Tushanka( canned beef) which is really good stuff.

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    Nice finds! Thanks for showing them.

    More please.


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    Looks like that will be a good place , some good finds already

    Which area is Belyi ?
    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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    Great pictures! Wish I was there to dig in the German trench.

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    Quote by Paul E View Post
    Looks like that will be a good place , some good finds already

    Which area is Belyi ?
    It's the Rzhew salient, south western part. Very nice and interesting area. We met some local diggers on our first day outside our designated area, and they were really nice guys. No one cares a damn if people dig there, as long as you stay away from memorial areas, which is understandable.

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    @ Ingrid. I will see if i have some more pics from this trip worth showing.

    @ Feurbach. You're welcome

    Yes the German trench will be really nice to dig out. We found the end of the trench where a MG position obviously had been. Spent casings all over the place only a few cm under the surface, both right, left and center. We followed the trench back and there was a lot of signals on the detector, but the spent rounds must be removed before it's possible to get an impression of what is further down. They simply disturb the signals too much.

    Somebody knows what weapon the small bottle neck cartridge is meant to be used with? ID on the cooling shield would also be very nice. I'm sorry we did not take so many pics on this trip, but because of the missing 4x4 car we had to walk a LOT. Here is some more pics but i'm afraid they are not extremely exiting guys

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    Thanks Datrus! Did you ever try magnet-fishing?


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