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a few relics from Ranville, Normandie

Article about: just a few airborne relics from over the years ive been visiting Normandie all from the Ranville area where the 6th airborne div landed parachute cord and a piece of canopy (ive prob got eno

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    just a few airborne relics from over the years ive been visiting Normandie all from the Ranville area where the 6th airborne div landed

    parachute cord and a piece of canopy (ive prob got enough cord to rig a whole parachute from the bits ive picked up over the years)

    the handle was a mistery for years. ive found many usally a pile at a time. i belived them to be off ammo crates untill i got to see the orrigional section of horsa glider at the airborne museam they are lashing handles that are bolted under the seats to tie down equipment , and the areas in the fields where i found them tie in with the positions of gliders on photos from d day

    the shrapnal was found in the british perimiter so i assume it came from the germans, not too sure on the fuse as it looks similar to one on a 25lb british shell i own but again it was found in british lines. does anyone know if the morter shell is german, again found in the same area within the british perimiter

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    para cord and pieces of horsa
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    shrapnal
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    Fuse is a British/allied No119 ,,and the mortar fragment also looks to be a British/allied 3inch mortar,ill see if i can find a pic of blown ones from work to compare

    Ok found a pic of a 4.2 phosphoros mortar round ,just a bit bigger than the 3inch but the same shape etc,as you can see very similar to yours in the way its exploded bending back on itself
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    hi thanks for the reply it would be about the size of a british 3 inch morter round it was just that it was found within 30 ft of a line of british slit trenches within the airborne perimiter so i assumed it would be a german round but then again it could easily have been thrown there by a farmer who had plowed it up

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    Nice finds, there's still a lot out there to be found!

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    around Ranville there is still a fair bit but its mostly cartridge cases and para cord now.... all the big stuff is long gone

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    Many years ago friends of mine were up on the watertower ridge near a horse riding stables and found the lid of an ammo. box. On lifthing it up they found 6 sten mags fully loaded and in very good nick. Have you looked around up there. John.

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