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Some relics from the Somme

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    Default Some relics from the Somme

    Just a few pics of stuff I found when visiting the area of the Leipzig salient on the Somme recently. Just shows theres still stuff to be found. If anyone can ID the fuzes that would be great, and also if anyone knows what the item in the last photo is I would like to know. I didnt pick it up as I was unsure of what it was.

    Many thanks.
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    Is that "thing" shown in the 3th picture a Pine?
    I don't realy know what that is in the last photo. It could be a ammo container for canons.. Was the metall thick or not.. this could help.. what was the lenght of it?

    cheers,

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    Hi, the thing in the 3rd pic is a live MIlls bomb :0 It was obviously left there. The metal on the tube was quite thick, and appeared to be hollow, but with so much mud in it I couldnt be certain.

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    Hi there,

    The Mills bomb (grenade) is also called a pine as pine-aple cause it looks like a pine-aple.. I can't realy help with the tube without any markings etc..

    cheers,

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    Thanks for sharing i love to see the in ground pictures

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    The "long thing" is I believe the bottom of the fuse from an 18 pounder. It would protude beneath the fuse head, and into the charge. AND Mill's bombs were NOT called Pineapples.

    This phrase was coined by the American troops in WW2, because their type of grenade DID resemble a pineapple.

    And all 3 fuses are German I think

    At least one is a 77mm

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    Thanks for the info guys

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    Mills Bombs, have well... always just been Mills bombs Looks like theres a German "Egg" Grenade there too?

    Thanks

    Danny

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    Yep, its an egg grenade alright, in pretty good condition aswell I think. My girlfriend spotted it and stopped me from treading on it :0

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    Spitace41, Herr Brandon is correct... all three look to be German 7.7cm shell fuzes.
    Prost! Steve.
    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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