First WWII excavation in 2021
All the Christmas holidays are over. The year 2021 has arrived and we must begin a new season of excavation of relics of the Second World War.
Severe Russian frost
We planned to stay in the forest for several days with an overnight stay, but the severe Russian frost spoiled our plans. It was very cold in the forest (-15 degrees Celsius) and forecasters promised a drop in temperature to -25 degrees Celsius. Under such conditions, excavation is not comfortable and hazardous to health. Leningrad forests are rich in underground waters, which fill the very dugouts that we are exploring. Digging in such conditions, you can get hypothermia and get pneumonia. Having dressed warmly, we went to the designated positions of the Wehrmacht.
Having found a pre-selected German dugout, we proceeded to remove the ice layer and pump out the water. The dugout turned out to be rather big, and besides, it was filled to the brim with pine logs, which we had to remove. Having cleared the area we needed, we started looking for relics.
My first find was a PPSh disc magazine with a cartridges. These positions were occupied several times by German and Soviet soldiers. Therefore, we find relics of the Wehrmacht army and relics of the Red Army.
Next, I found a pocket knife with a preserved wooden handle. The handle was decorated with patterns. Next to the knife was a German lighter, parts from German glasses, several coins (Soviet and German), a French champagne cork, a tube of frostbite cream, and an interesting porcelane jar. The porcelain jar bore the words Food Industry. Produced in the Ukrainian SSR. Sour cream or milk cream was once in this jar.
In another corner of the dugout, I dug a leather frog set for the German K98 bayonet knife. The skin is perfectly preserved. We will restore it and use it for reconstruction. Later we will find another such leather frog set complete with a steel scabbard.
We also dug out a bayonet-knife for the Soviet SVT-40 rifle. This bayonet was broken in half. We never found the second part of the blade.
Very rare Soviet grenade
One of the most interesting finds was a rare Soviet RG-41 grenade. The Soviet RG-41 was a fragmentation grenade developed during World War II. It was in production for only short time from 1941 to 1942 before being replaced by RG-42.
It contained a 150 g high explosive charge in a cylindrical can; the total weight was about 440 grams. The grenade could be thrown about 30 to 50 meters; the lethal radius was up to 5 meters; the maximum lethal radius was up to 15 meters. It is not known for certain how many such grenades were produced. However, this is a very small number.
This is all of the main finds. You can see the rest of the finds in the video that I will attach below. The video has English subtitles.
Thank you for attention.