For the last couple of weeks I've been exploring a pre D-Day battlefield training area that remained in use until the 1960's. Its an unusual site in that it has always had public access, although prior to D-DAY I'm sure it was out of bounds, not a large site it's now still well used for dog walking, kite flying, running etc.
During WW2 it was used by both US and British troops and this seems to show from my finds so far.
Now for the background, as a child I remember finding many spent cartridges just lying in the bushes whenever I visited so I thought with my search experience I'd have a look to see what remains today.
First up are a few pictures of the initial recon showing the remaining ground works.
The first slit trench.
A huge bomb crater
A larger dug out
Another slit trench.
An ariel picture taking just after WW2, notice the stick of bomb craters to the right I've marked two A and B and to the left the marks are a mix of mortar craters and slit trenches.
The bomb craters still exist, here are A and B as shown above.
The overgrown interior of one of the large craters.
Looking closely there's still loads of evidence to be found just lying about on the surface , here is just one cartridge as found this was dated 1942but there are also post war.
I will be posting pictures soon of the finds made and will continue to update with anything else of interest.
Thanks for looking.
The last picture is a huge piece of metal 3/4 inch thick I left it there.