A German machine gunner, Odessa in 1941

A German machine gunner, Odessa in 1941

This report brought to you by relic hunters who wish to remain anonymous:

A relic hunting team from Odessa searching near the village of Blagoevo village (Ivanovo district) managed to find the remains of a Wehrmacht soldier who died during the Second World War. Specialists were summoned for soldier exhumation.

The German soldier who died under Odessa

The German soldier who died under Odessa. The author of the photo is not known.

The remains of a soldier were found in the very defensive positions held by the Red Army against the Wehrmacht in summers of 1941 and the spring of 1944.

The hunters reported the find to specialists, who exhumed the German soldier from the ground. As you can see in the photos, a tree had sprouted through the skull, which made for an interesting experiencing removing it.

The team also found the following personal belongings: a dog-tag, three hundred spent cartridges and several unused cartridges from a MG 42 machine gun and a Mauser 98k rifle; Mauser 98k cleaning kit, shoe, piece of a leather strap with buckle, and M-39 hand fragmentation grenade.

The German soldier who died under Odessa

The German soldier who died under Odessa. The author of the photo is not known.

Judging by the location of the inlet and outlet bullet holes, the German was killed by a shot from a pistol in the back of the head. He served in the fifth tank company of the 18th training battalion. The estimated date of death is April 8-9, 1944.

The German soldier who died under Odessa

The German soldier who died under Odessa. The author of the photo is not known.

The group who found him are trying to contact German public organizations whilst remaining anonymous themselves, for subsequent reburial either at the Odessa cemetery for Germany POW and soldiers, or sending his body back to Germany after identifying relatives.

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Personal items of a soldier

Personal items of a soldier. The author of the photo is not known.

German grenade M39

German grenade M39. The author of the photo is not known.

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