During every trip relic hunting, I will find bits of metal that don't even make it into the 'before cleaning' picture because I identify them as crap without even cleaning them.
Following my last visit to the Aircrew barracks, I had the usual bits of crap that were never cleaned and just sat in my garage until i can be bothered to actually chuck the stuff in the bin.
Well, this evening I did just that and was just about to empty the junk into the bin when I noticed something.
One Item I had was a folded piece of metal with a hole at one end. It was totally plastered in mud and looked like a hunk of crap........BUT ! Just as it was sliding off the tray and into the bin I thought I noticed a letter stamped in the metal, just underneath where the metal folded over.
So I took it inside and gave it a quick wash and did indeed see the letter 'B' stamped on the metal. I very carefully unfolded the piece as much as I dare without snapping it in half and gave it a damn good clean.
What I was looking at caused me to shout the wife !!!!!!
It is obviously far too big to be a 'dogtag'. It was found in the same area as other German items I know were lost by the POWs held at the barracks at the end of the war.
Could it belong to one of the German soldiers ? Or is it just a strange coincidence ?
Does anyone recognise it or know what it is ? What about the numbers ? Can anyone help ?
If I hadn't spotted that letter the thing would have been lost forever !
Many thanks !
Steve T (rather excited )