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I have previously excavated many large shrapnel pieces from a sizeable shell and possibly some fin/strut pieces. Last time on here someone suggested that one may have been an aerial mine and I am wondering whether my find this week may help in this?
At the same depth and scatter field of the shrapnel I have also now found 2 chain links and a possible shackle which were within a metre of each other. The chain seems quite thin and not really sturdy enough for a security or towing chain. In the whole area around the 3 craters I have found no other finds other than shrapnel - not even a broken horseshoe or tractor fitting.
I am wondering whether this could be part of the fixing setup for the parachute on an aerial mine? I have found some info online but nothing to show that specific area... I am wondering also, if not the case, then whether this could be part of some other type of bomb?
Like I said it seems unlikely to be a security chain, but could of course still be a piece of agricultural "junk" (chain for a bull, etc) - I will also stress that I am following all the advice and safety guidelines in detecting/digging here -
Really hope someone has some info that could help!
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The chain could be from anything really, perhaps a gate.
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My gut feeling looking at the picture says to me they may be nothing more than a section of chain and not WW2 related, however I am certainly not, and have yet to meet any WW2 parachute mine experts on the forum.....yet!
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This is a bit of shrap metal he gave to me, imagine that ripping through the back of your leg !
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Knew it was a long shot but thought it worth the asking! It was indeed a large explosion which was on a hill slope and deposited most of the hill on the road afterwards!
Once again - thanks all!
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This is a really super PDF site for WW2 German bombs, which is very useful indeed should you find something else believed to be German bomb related.
http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/ref ... German.pdf