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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Some more Somme Relics

The usual post on some of the more interesting items we came across by field walking during our March trip. As I've said before we don't metal detect and all explosives are left well alone!


German shell, Serre



Essex Regt Cap Badge, Serre - almost certainly belonging to someone from 2 Essex which were involved in the attack at Serre on 1st July



Hampshire Regt shoulder title, Beaumont Hamel. From the attack between Hamel and Beaumont Hamel on Sept 3rd, 1916


Pile of shells and Mills bombs plus a 3" Stoke Mortar round and a rifle grenade - Gueudecourt



British shell (4" ?), Gueudecourt with the Caribou in the distance


German trench mortar shell, Lesboeufs


German shell, Lesboeufs


Remains of British leather cartridge pouch, Gird Line, Gueuecourt


British 18 pdr HE with Bernafay and Trones Woods in the background



British 18 pdr shell, 3" stokes mortar and remains of British mess tin, Lonely Copse, Monchy le Preux



German shell, Rifle Trench, Monchy le Preux


German 'egg' grenade, Rifle trench area, Monchy le Preux


British HE shell, Observation Ridge, overlooking Battery Valley



British HE shell, Battery Valley



French rifle, with bayonet still attached, from the 1915 battles at Serre. It was not just the British that fought at the Somme!


Remains of German mess tin, Beaumont Hamel



British Mills bombs, Trones Wood - note the ring pull still in place on the nearest grenade





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