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Exploring the Arctic battlefields of northern Finland

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    Sorry, got no incredible SS rings/buckles/helmets to show here Instead I'll throw in some photographs of the ordinary surface finds I've come across in the vast wilderness of the northernmost sector of the Eastern Front.

    And to other Lapland explorers: feel free to share yours here too

    Exploring the Arctic battlefields of northern Finland

    Exploring the Arctic battlefields of northern Finland

    A few Mauser strippers.

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    Nebelwerfer stuff, first a base fuze...

    Exploring the Arctic battlefields of northern Finland

    ...then a bit more than just the fuze. Nothing inside, just an empty broken shell - nice markings though.

    Exploring the Arctic battlefields of northern Finland

    Always a nice find: a lid piece from a bakelite flash reducer container for the 7,5cm Geb. G. 36 mountain gun. This one was in pretty nice shape and dated 1943.

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    75mm, 105mm casings anyone?

    Exploring the Arctic battlefields of northern Finland

    And much, much more to come.

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    Nebels, nebels...

    A little close-up of the stamps.

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    And more.

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    Found a big piece too

    Exploring the Arctic battlefields of northern Finland

    Exploring the Arctic battlefields of northern Finland

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    It's all gold to me! Nice finds.
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Very interesting. Some of those items have survived remarkably well after so many years.

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    Thanks for the kind words.

    Yes, that indeed seems to be a rather common thing with these Lapland relics. Even the surface finds occasionally have some wartime paintwork still visible. Not an expert myself but I think we can thank the cold and dry winters of the region along with the thick, long-lasting protective snow mass for that

    Speaking of original paintwork...

    A few protection spacers for German 10,5 cm shell carriers.

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    And this 17 cm shell carrier isn't too bad either:

    Exploring the Arctic battlefields of northern Finland

    "Heeres-Munition, Gesamtgew. 20 kg"

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    Very interesting photos.

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    Great stuff!

    I spent 8 months in Norway hoping to stumble on a single relic in the woods, and no luck. Love seeing these arctic related relics!

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    Great finds!

    When I was in Lapland it was only snow on the ground

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Thank you for sharing your finds with the forum.


    Martin

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    Quote by Brig View Post
    I spent 8 months in Norway hoping to stumble on a single relic in the woods, and no luck.
    That's a shame. I must admit, though, that there is usually a lot of research involved in finding these locations - it's not like I randomly stumble upon ammunition dumps on my way to the grocery store

    Quote by Woolgar View Post
    When I was in Lapland it was only snow on the ground
    Heh, not too rare up there. I once found myself in the middle of a blizzard in June

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