Incredible finds from the German dugout. (15 photos)
It was a warm and sunny day in August. We arrived at a German position. 70 years ago, Wehrmacht troops were stationed here. I immediately began digging up a German dugout. And the first find was not long in coming. It turned out to be an aluminum box, which was crammed to the brim with machine-gun cartridges.
Digging another 25-30 cm deep, I saw several objects at once – a leather boot, a muzzle of a rifle, and scattered rounds of cartridges. It all looked like they had been lost about 5 years ago. It was impossible to believe that these objects had been in the ground for more than 70 years after Second World War.
Taking out a rifle from the mud I was shocked. All metal parts were like new. Even wooden part of the rifle was preserved. That was incredible. I had never found a rifle in this condition before. I wanted to wash the rifle with water, load the cartridge from a previously found box and shoot. And although at that moment it was impossible, this idea could be made a reality.
The next find was a German helmet, which was painted white (winter disguise). Perhaps the helmet and rifle belonged to one person.
After removing another half-meter layer of dirt, I found a box for 80-mm German mines. It was all covered with inscriptions made in Gothic font. Having opened it, we did not find anything in it.
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Near from the drawer, I dug up a German K98 Mauser leather ammunition pouch. In it soldiers carried a stock of cartridges for a rifle.
In addition to these findings, there were also household items (a dangerous razor, fork, various tubes and bottles, and much more.)