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Article about: Couple of peices of German WWII shrapnel found near Verdun - Horst

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    Couple of peices of German WWII shrapnel found near Verdun -

    Horst
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    "He who hesitates is lost - is not only lost but miles from the next exit"

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    Very nice. Super markings

    Steve T

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    Hi Horst,
    that is a nice item i like the markings on them, the only pieces of shrapnel i have is a bomb fragment. this came from my home town in london, but was in my brother small collection until he passed away in 08. It is about half inch thick and some very sharp edges.
    dave.

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    the pics of the shrapnel
    dave,

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    Dave - thanks for posting -Found in your house, I guess one could say " to close for comfort " --

    Horst
    "He who hesitates is lost - is not only lost but miles from the next exit"

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    Hi Horst, great pieces of history you have there. I find it interesting that the piece on the left has the usual Nazi eagle with the waffenampt, but the piece on the right has the Weimar eagle which was only used until 1935.

    Jay

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    Very cool- bits of a ZtZS/30 I should imagine since it was the most common by far.(could be any German Flak time fuse of course)
    Ohhhhh- pillage then burn...

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    i found alot of schrapnel.. It's quite thick.
    everytime i go back i find new pieces of schapnel..

    cheers,

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    Thick splinters suggest heavier-calibre HE shells; the wall of an 8,8cm Sprgr. L/4,5 , for example, is around 15mm and even a bit more in some places such as near the base. Much nastier than actual shrapnel balls- the little lead balls in Henry Shrapnel's shell from WWI- not that those would be any fun either to be sure. Given how much even just antiaircraft fire there was throughout the war, there must be kilotons of steel splinters in the ground of Europe...
    Ohhhhh- pillage then burn...

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    I have always wondered if anyone had statistics kept by Germany on how many civilians were killed by shapnel falling from the sky during air raids... There must have been many... large and small pieces... even whole dud 8.8cm rounds
    has anyone ever run across information like this?

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