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Slapton sands - July 2010 - Close call !!!

Article about: Great finds Steve, I must get down there this year Nick

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    Default Slapton sands - July 2010 - Close call !!!

    Hi all

    Just got back from holiday in Devon. My wife very kindly finally gave in to my plea's and I was able to make an impromptu 3 hour visit to Slapton sands.

    This thread gives good details on what happened there.....

    http://warrelics.eu/forum/after-batt...se-tiger-7055/

    ......a very touching place with A LOT of history.

    The reason for the close call was due to something I have never come across before.

    I was doing my normal MD sweep in front of me and gazing around for likely spots, as per usual. Suddenly, I heard what sounded like the air in a tyre being let out. I stopped, looked around and thought... 'What the hell is that hissing noise?'. I looked down to where I was sweeping in front of me, and there, on top of a clump of grass, basking in the morning sunshine was this little bugger.



    AN ADDER !!!!

    These are not normally seen in England as David Attenborough has 99% of them on contract to only appear for him.

    On a serious note, If I hadn’t clouted it on the head with my detector, I WOULD have stepped on it !! One can only wonder at the outcome……

    Anyways, the 3 hours were spent in almost total frustration for the first 2hours, finding nothing but modern crap. I did find 5 pound coins which paid for my parking later in the week, but this was small consolation !

    Here is a group shot of the finds. Anyone recognise anything that is WW2 please post a reply (apart from the stuff I have already ID’d of course)



    Pieces of artillery shell/mortar round and some bits of drive band.



    I don't think this is WW2 but you never know. Seems to be some kind of starter fluid.



    BIG NED !! Look what else I damn well found ! Best condition one I've ever found to be honest. One of those flaming RMC Heckmondwike tags !!



    Eventually I hit a spot that gave me a 30cal. I was so excited I nearly rang Ade ! Within the space of 10 feet I’d found loads more.
    Now I know compared to you guys over in Eastern Europe these are not much, but for me, especially given the location they were found in and the fact that the last person to touch them before me was a US soldier, these are awesome finds.

    30calibre cartridge cases......from Slapton sands. A real piece of history. I've got goose bumps all over again



    That's the lot.

    I've included some photos below of the Sherman and the monuments at the site.

    Hope you like the finds.

    Cheers

    Steve T
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture adder.jpg   bits.JPG  

    group.JPG   RMC.JPG  

    starter.JPG   30 cals.JPG  

    sherman.jpg   sherman 2.jpg  

    monument 1.jpeg   monument 2.jpeg  

    plaque 1.jpg  

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    Nice finds,that wasn`t Black Adder was it? You will have to take Baldrick with you next time,he always has a cunning plan....
    JEDEM DAS SEINE

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    Quote by zwerge View Post
    Nice finds,that wasn`t Black Adder was it? You will have to take Baldrick with you next time,he always has a cunning plan....
    Nah.....i'd have shown you a picture oh the autograph if it was

    Steve T

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    Quote by zwerge View Post
    Nice finds,that wasn`t Black Adder was it? You will have to take Baldrick with you next time,he always has a cunning plan....

    It crossed my mind as well !!
    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Hi mate, you were lucky, i hate snakes.
    Cheers.
    Nuno

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    Nice finds as always Steve and nice adder as well one of the little buggers curled up inside my roll mat whilst I was camping last week

    Thanks

    Danny

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    Quote by GasMasksUK View Post
    ...one of the little buggers curled up inside my roll mat whilst I was camping last week


    Blimey ! Little sod !

    I am really pleased with the 30cals. Real piece of history

    Thanks Danny

    Steve T

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    Hi Steve.

    Nice set of finds there mate.

    Apart from the obvious, the only thing that I would say that is probably WW2 is the set of MaGill forceps which probably came out of a combat medics field set.

    Regards ec

    Ian D

    AKA: Jimpy

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    Hi Steve,

    They're not bad finds at all, we went to Slapton Sands for a week in December 2007, I had always wanted to visit there, I spent a couple of hours a long the track behind the beach. All ifound was .30 cal, quite a few of them, I spoke to some locals in the pub at the top of the hill, a lot of stuff has been found locally, and still gets washed up on the beach during storms.

    The Adder isn't so nice though, we often see them out here in the Summer, I run a mile, got bitten by one in Brecon many ears ago.

    Great finds though

    Steve

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    Nice finds Steve! The poor old Sherman looks to be getting past restoration, probably held together by paint.

    RMO Heckmondwike tags??? Not by chance anything to do with Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire is it? If so... local research time, it's 8 mins walk away. Let me know please.

    Martyn.

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