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Steve Andrews

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  1. I found this fragment of fuze on Monday. It's scary-sharp! Jersey, Channel Islands
  2. Found yesterday on my local beach, these are sheathing tacks and a square nail from British fifth-rate, HMS Severn, which wrecked in a gale in December 1804. No lives were lost. The Lieutenant in charge at the time was exonerated at court martial and commended for getting the ship aground and saving the ship's stores.
  3. Found while detecting the beach, this is a German-fired Czech 10cm VZ21n fuze, for the Skoda Houfnice light field howitzer VZ 14/19 (given the German designation 10cm LeFH 14/19 (t) ) It would have been fired in preparation for the defense of the island of Jersey, Channel Islands, from allied attack. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skoda_houfnice_vz_14http://michaelhiske.de/Allierte/UK/Handbook/Pamphlet01/01_008.HTM
  4. It's not uncommon to come across live ordnance here, due to the island's location on the Atlantic Wall. In the last couple of years I've found live small arms and heavy machine gun rounds, 20mm cannon projectiles, numerous mortar bombs in 5cm, 51mm, 8cm and 81mm, and artillery shells in 75, 88, 100 and 210mm. When I come across live ordnance I will photograph it, rebury it and record a GPS position, before sending the information to our local EOD officer when I get home.
  5. Thanks Ridge Runner. The fuze was wooden and has rotted away. The explosive element was a small charge designed only to open the ball in flight, so that the lead shrapnel balls could rain down on the target area. The larger cavity below the diaphragm holds the shrapnel balls, packed in coal dust. On this shell the bursting charge cavity was wet and mainly empty and I flushed out the remaining powder residue.
  6. I found this 19th century British 24 pounder Boxer diaphragm shell in 2018 with my PI machine, which I no longer have (I now use a 'nox 600 on the beach)
  7. Hi Rick, thank you. Yes, I know Reg and Richard as I'm a member of the same detecting club as them. The hoard was found before I started detecting, but I saw it being craned out of the field while I was out on a run. Neil Mahrer from Jersey Heritage, who has been taking the hoard apart, lives a few doors down from me. We are free to detect the beaches and although there is still quite a lot of live ordnance on them it was fired in training and defensive preparations. There was no direct fighting here so there isn't the concern of disturbing a battlefield.
  8. Hi, I have found DetectorProspector to have some very knowledgeable members and there is great information on the site, so I thought it was time that I registered. I live on a British island which is 14 miles from the French coast and we have a rich history. I mainly detect the beach for military relics from the British wars with France and the island's German occupation during World War 2. Though I never target jewellery, I very much enjoy undertaking recoveries on a voluntary basis and have reunited a dozen people with lost rings since I started detecting a couple of years ag
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