Artillery dugout and the remains of a soldier 18+ (15 photos)

Artillery dugout and the remains of a soldier 18+ (15 photos)

In this article I will tell you how we conducted excavations in the German artillery dugout. This time we were able to discover very interesting relics. We also managed to find the remains of a soldier who died in the Leningrad forest in one of the battles of World War II. We could find this dugout with a metal detector.

     This dugout we found the last time when we excavated nearby. Our metal detectors signaled strongly over this area. This meant that there was a lot of metal in this dugout. Having come back to this place after some time, we immediately started digging, because this time we arrived not with an overnight stay. since we have been engaged in the metal detecting for a very long time, it was not difficult for us to find a suitable place for excavation.

    Having removed the top layer of the earth, I got to the first finds. These were German WW2 10.5 cm leFH 18 cannon 105 mm shell transporting cases.

10,5 cm leFH 18

     10,5 cm leFH 18 – 105 mm light field howitzer arr. 18 (German 10.5 cm leFH 18; leFH from German leichte Feldhaubitze – “light field howitzer”) – German light field howitzer of 105 mm caliber from World War II. Throughout the Second World War, it was the basis of the Wehrmacht field artillery. It was in service with the light divisions of artillery regiments and was the basis of the German division artillery. According to official figures, the Wehrmacht was armed with a total of 7,076 105-mm howitzers.

105 mm light field howitzer arr. 18

105 mm light field howitzer arr. 18

Coffin with the body of Rommel on the carriage leFH 18

Coffin with the body of Rommel on the carriage leFH 18.

German WW2 10.5 cm leFH 18 cannon 105 mm shell transporting case

German WW2 10.5 cm leFH 18 cannon 105 mm shell transporting case from the German artillery dugout. Photo by @swamp_war.

German WW2 10.5 cm leFH 18 cannon 105 mm shell transporting case

German WW2 10.5 cm leFH 18 cannon 105 mm shell transporting case from the German artillery dugout. Photo by @swamp_war.

     I cleaned some of the transport cases from the dirt and was shocked – they were in perfect condition. Even the inscriptions remained intact.

German WW2 10.5 cm leFH 18 cannon 105 mm shell transporting case

German WW2 10.5 cm leFH 18 cannon 105 mm shell transport case from the German artillery dugout. Photo by @swamp_war.

German WW2 10.5 cm leFH 18 cannon 105 mm shell transporting case

German WW2 10.5 cm leFH 18 cannon 105 mm shell transport case from the German artillery dugout. Photo by @swamp_war.

the inscriptions remained intact

Even the inscriptions remained intact. Photo by @swamp_war.

German WW2 10.5 cm leFH 18 cannon 105 mm shell transporting case

German WW2 10.5 cm leFH 18 cannon 105 mm shell transporting case.

Read: WW2 Relics from old forest : Mosin Nagant Rifle and bayonets (Part 1)

Also in the dugout there were a few more ordinary finds, which very often I find in German dugouts. They are in the photo below.

Sight for the German MG machine gun for firing at air targets.

Sight for the German MG machine gun for firing at air targets. Photo by @swamp_war.

German Bakelite Chlorine Water Disinfection Tube Case Holder

German Bakelite Chlorine Water Disinfection Tube Cases. Photo by @swamp_war.

Individual dressing bandage pack 1941.

Individual dressing bandage pack 1941. Photo by @swamp_war.

Unknown Soldier

In the evening, I conducted excavations near the dugout, and I was able to find the remains of a decapitated Soviet soldier. Unfortunately, we were not able to establish the identity of the soldier. Soon this soldier will be buried with honors in a mass grave. Below you will see some photos of the remains of a soldier. Photos below are not for children.

The remains of the deceased Soviet soldier.

The remains of the deceased Soviet soldier. Photo by @swamp_war.

The remains of the deceased Soviet soldier.

The remains of the deceased Soviet soldier. Photo by @swamp_war.

The remains of the deceased Soviet soldier.

The remains of the deceased Soviet soldier. Photo by @swamp_war.

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