Had an interesting couple of hours today. Went out with my friend who is our local bomb disposal officer here on the Island and attended a call out on the beach in Grouville Bay. A local metal detectorist had found a large piece of ordnance. He took us to the spot and we had a dig. We were expecting a somewhat smaller find than what we got, maybe a 105, or even a 15cm but what we ended up with was a 21cm head. This can only have come from Batterie Mackenson in St.Martin and it had failed to explode after being fired on a training exercise during the German Occupation.
This is only the 2nd 21cm that Stuart has had to deal with in many years as our BDO. It was nice to see, but it could not be saved so it was dulely dealt with. The explosion was immense and the crater was very impressive being at least 10 feet deep at its deepest point and 15 or so feet across. Luckily I managed to find a nice piece of shrapnel to bring home.... it was still hot when I found it.
Everything went smoothly and without incident, just how we like it. It just shows you can never tell what you might find on the beach.
All the best from Jersey,