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    Hello fellow Battlefield Archaeologists/Diggers.

    A producer that calls himself "Duncan Bulling" from ClaerStory are hunting people digging on the Eastern Front. He hunt on this forum via PM's under the name "Interested Bystander". Below you can read his approach to me. Basically i think he is out on hunting some "sensational" material. I am of course "skeptic" when it comes to this kind of people, so i gave him a short answer via email. (I gave him the benefit of the doubt) Also posted below. He then gets my Skype contact and i have not heard from him since.

    This of course makes me think he is not serious. I am also concerned that he would draw WRF into the scenario. From his PM it seemed to me that he was trying to get me to post a long "gory" answer. He did not get that. The next mail he sent was just a question if i would be on Skype tomorrow...... If he really wanted to get some info from serious people, he would IMHO not have acted like this. Try to Google the material he already made and judge for yourself. Gypsies beating up each other and so forth...

    I am sure he have contacted other people here and elsewhere. Do not help this guy!

    Have anybody else heard from this guy?

    Me and "Dunc's" correspondence.

    "Dear Lars,

    I was wondering if you could help me. I work for an award-winning British Documentary company called ClearStory who specialise in history and science programmes. Examples of our recent productions can be found on our website ClearStory - Documentary Films

    We have been asked by the British broadcaster Channel 4 to look into people who are searching areas of the Eastern Front. I know that this is quite a complex area, with people searching for very different reasons, and I would be very interested in making contact with you to find out your thoughts and points of view.

    As a result, we are trying to take a broad approach, so I have also approached the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgraberfursorge to find out about there operations. I was stunned to read that they "locate" 40,000 war casualties a year. However reading you excellent posts on the War Relic Forum it has opened my eyes somewhat to the realities in the field. I then watched your videos on Youtube on became even more intrigued by what you do - just getting to the location looks tough, which would be good for TV!

    I was very interested in finding out more about your expeditions, and your undoubted passion for this period of history - was this your reason for moving from Denmark to Russia? I am also intrigued with the Russian priest who you work with on the occasions you do discover a body, how did your relationship with him start? Also in one of your posts you imply that you sometimes deal with the Russian version of the Volksbund.

    I am very aware that a recent British newspaper article was widely criticized on the forum, especially as it was quite a sensationalised piece. However I was wondering if you occasionally come across the so called Black Diggers when you are out in the field, or evidence of their "work". What is your opinion of these people?

    Not surprisingly as we are dealing with a British broadcaster, they are always wanting to find a British angle on any programme. So I was wondering if you ever guide British clients out into the battlefields?

    If this is something that interests you, is there a good way to contact you, say by telephone? Maybe you could drop me an email at Duncan.Bulling@clearstory.co.uk

    Many thanks,

    Duncan Bulling"

    Here is my reply to "Dunc"

    "Hello Duncan,

    Principally i have no problem with communicating with you about this topic. Let's see. My phone number is +7 .........

    Do you have Skype? At times it's more comfy and also cheaper

    Regards, Lars"

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    He has done a fair amount of work on the 'Secrets of the Dead' series for PBS over the last few years. I believe they are currently looking for material for their 11th series, maybe that's what this is about when you look at the sort of programmes they produce.

    Secrets of the Dead | PBS

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    I know we do not want to be protectionists, but is there any way of blocking some of the things a 'visitor' can see unless they first register. Mr Bulling may well have honorable intentions, but there ARE unscrupulous ones out there that could cause strife among our group. Trolls are one thing but they are fairly innocuous, some homo sapiens can have downright dastardly intentions.
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    "If in doubt, say nowt!" Said the Yorkshireman; ask Nick!
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Guys this guy approached me last week and i have been in touch with him via e mail after discussing things with the mod staff , i will probably be speaking to him today to ascertain his intentions.
    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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    Interesting Paul. Let's hear how it goes I have been in contact with journalists before of course and they always want something with "edge".

    Regards, Lars

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    don't trust him,it will be digging up bodies angle,always is with these people.

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    Definitely would not deal with any journalist looking to film human remains being recovered - British Press seem to have a real problem with this and usually sensationalise it - nearly always seems to make those involved look bad :-( They just don't seem to understand that outside the UK there are many places where such things are found regularly and have to be dealt with.

    Also I have found that so many of these "producers" are nothing of the sort and the programs they talk about have not even been commissioned - they just want you to do all their ground work and research for them for their proposal to the actual production company - easy money for them!

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    What you write makes quite good sense mate. I also like this part "They just don't seem to understand that outside the UK there are many places where such things are found regularly and have to be dealt with".

    Regards, Lars

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    Quote by NickW View Post
    Definitely would not deal with any journalist looking to film human remains being recovered - British Press seem to have a real problem with this and usually sensationalise it - nearly always seems to make those involved look bad :-( They just don't seem to understand that outside the UK there are many places where such things are found regularly and have to be dealt with.

    Also I have found that so many of these "producers" are nothing of the sort and the programs they talk about have not even been commissioned - they just want you to do all their ground work and research for them for their proposal to the actual production company - easy money for them!
    Good advice Nick
    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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