@ gerrit: Ok that's interesting! A random piece of metal suddenly gets a meaning!
when these were found, a trail in the forest was renewed. That means they just dropped loads of dirt on it. Dirt from the surrounding woods. So quite a lot of pieces could be found there, just on the surface.
Here some pictures before and after cleaning:
on the first picture the second object from the left ( half round) is half of a schrapnel powder chamber ( bottom)
other pieces are parts of Hi Explosive shells
Be careful...explosif are very dangerous and prohibed....about the rip, have you contacted the local police ?
Done a lot of mountain biking over the years along the paths around the battlefields at Verdun, Mort Homme and the Argonne and seen an awful lot of munitions! Got very well practised at puncture repair too - thanks to all those shell splinters in the tracks! Best to take home only photos IMO as there’s some seriously big live shells still out there! I agree a few obviously safe splinters isn’t doing anyone any harm and admit to picking a few up in the past too, but the way things seem to be now I wouldn’t fancy explaining it to a gendarme these days!
1.200.000 soldiers killed on a 2427 footballfield area with 130.000 still missing, all scattered around there, no identification possible.
Ive once been caught by the france police, they took all my stuff ( large brass 75mm French artillery cartridges) and sent me away.
2 days later these remington cartr. were for sale in a local shop that sells souvenirs in Verdun
Do you mean french policemen are scumbags?