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#13676 Dogsbody

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 08:36 AM

Talking about finding explosives. This apparently happened yesterday in my hometown (Venlo). A man walking his dog picked up a HE grenade after his dog peed on it and the item in question started making a hissing noice. He immediately called 911 and got the advise hold on to the grenade and not to move or place it back on the ground. Since it took the bomb disposal unit several hours to arrive on the scene the man decided to lay down on the ground while still holding on to the grenade. Meanwhile the man started to show signs of hypothermia. Luckily it transpired that the WW2 grenade didn't contain any explosive material.

 

Well, if it was april first I would not have believed one word of this story but it actually seems to have happened. 

 

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 08:59 AM

This is my copy of that illustrious book. Alas it is one of the unsigned second edition copies  :( (it is still a worthwhile read, though  B) )

(Recently I came across one of the first edition copies at a hefty price but unfortunately it was in a pretty delapidted condition so I decided against buying it.)

 

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:51 AM

Talking about finding explosives. This apparently happened yesterday in my hometown (Venlo). A man walking his dog picked up a HE grenade after his dog peed on it and the item in question started making a hissing noice. He immediately called 911 and got the advise hold on to the grenade and not to move or place it back on the ground. Since it took the bomb disposal unit several hours to arrive on the scene the man decided to lay down on the ground while still holding on to the grenade. Meanwhile the man started to show signs of hypothermia. Luckily it transpired that the WW2 grenade didn't contain any explosive material.

 

Well, if it was april first I would not have believed one word of this story but it actually seems to have happened. 

 

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(The link in the photograpgh is not active)

 

Rene

 

 

 

 

OK, let me get this right...guy finds a grenade.  Guy's dog pees on the grenade.  The grenade starts hissing,  Guy picks up the hissing pee covered grenade.  Yeah, that is exactly what I would do in that situation.

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 12:03 PM

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That’s an original women’s camouflage rock carried in the purse and issued with this uniform.
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That is just strange.  

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 01:39 PM

OK, let me get this right...guy finds a grenade.  Guy's dog pees on the grenade.  The grenade starts hissing,  Guy picks up the hissing pee covered grenade.  Yeah, that is exactly what I would do in that situation.

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Hi Mikie, the way I understand it (there are some conflicting stories) the dog peed on the grenade after which the  grenade made a hissing noice. The guy (obviously not knowing at that moment that the object is a grenade) picks it up and then realises what it is.

 

 I have only one word for this story and that is: bizarre.

 

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 01:39 PM

That is just strange.  

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Spot the difference

 

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 08:27 PM

Its an original LIFE WW2 photo.



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Posted 12 January 2019 - 12:44 AM

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Yesterdays find . . . . . . . .

yesterday I was shown an old and well worn M-36 Musette bag, due to its condition there was no merit in wanting it for a collection, and I failed to even take a photo of it. The two interesting details about it though were the fact that it was leather reinforced around the bottom, and ' found in Normandy '

Interestingly here is an image of a US paratrooper wearing an identical musette with a leather base. Also note the camp painted helmet, and the early adaption for fixing a knife to his carbine.


Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, January 12 2019.


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 03:30 AM

Paratrooper of the 509th training in England before deploying to North-Africa...
 
Musette is most likely a M1921...
 
See : http://www.usmilitar...gs-m1921-m1936/

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 05:35 AM

Although I can see the point, I still think it's a little far fetched..... ^_^

 

https://warfarehisto...n-world-war-ii/

 

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 10:35 AM

Rene,

 

It's the early 60s on Val Du Prince or Prinsdale in Kraainem, Flanders outside Brussels. The neighborhood was expanding and the next street over Hertenlaan or Avenue Des Cerfs was being dug out. To a kid like me this was a great time to explore. In the piles of dirt were many rusty objects, helmets, bayonets, pieces of this and that. They were collected up put in a wagon and hauled back home. Later in the day my father, who lived in several WW2 combat zones as a young man, was driving up the hill on the way home from work and observed his son in the street throwing a rusty object on the cement. He had a TR 4 and I could hear him downshift as he tore up the hill. That action caught my attention and I picked up my new rusty toy and moved to the curb. My dad lept out of the car yelling and knew from experience that I was throwing a rusty grenade against the pavement. As a matter of fact I had a small pile of them and was trying to break them open to see what was inside. Didn't make the news and my whole wagon of collectibles was disposed of.

 

We used to go on long walks in the woods in Belgium and Holland. One day I tripped over a root and startled everyone. They knew of several instances where people had triggered old WW2 booby traps just walking in the woods.


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:51 PM

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Yesterdays find . . . . . . . .

yesterday I was shown an old and well worn M-36 Musette bag, due to its condition there was no merit in wanting it for a collection, and I failed to even take a photo of it. The two interesting details about it though were the fact that it was leather reinforced around the bottom, and ' found in Normandy '

Interestingly here is an image of a US paratrooper wearing an identical musette with a leather base. Also note the camp painted helmet, and the early adaption for fixing a knife to his carbine.


Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, January 12 2019.


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I might have or handled one. Not going to dig through te storage cabinetr looking for it. My next project is mounting belts on pegboard to display them
 



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Posted 12 January 2019 - 03:10 PM

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This weeks finds . . . . . . . . .

I dropped in to visit French friends Veronique & Philippe today and finally get to give them their Christmas gifts. Philippe works in a gravel quarry and operates a mechanical bucket machine, whilst scooping the gravel he uncovered two 250Lb aircraft bombs and so the Police and explosive crews had to be called.

Note that the men ( deminers ) dealing with the bombs wear normal workwear and not any specialist equipment of any kind as they handle all this type of ordnance on an almost daily basis.

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, January 12 2019.

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 04:17 PM

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This weeks finds . . . . . . . . .

I dropped in to visit French friends Veronique & Philippe today and finally get to give them their Christmas gifts. Philippe works in a gravel quarry and operates a mechanical bucket machine, whilst scooping the gravel he uncovered two 250Lb aircraft bombs and so the Police and explosive crews had to be called.

Note that the men ( deminers ) dealing with the bombs wear normal workwear and not any specialist equipment of any kind as they handle all this type of ordnance on an almost daily basis.

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, January 12 2019.

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all I find in my yard are old beer cans
 



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Posted 12 January 2019 - 04:40 PM

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This weeks finds . . . . . . . . .

I dropped in to visit French friends Veronique & Philippe today and finally get to give them their Christmas gifts. Philippe works in a gravel quarry and operates a mechanical bucket machine, whilst scooping the gravel he uncovered two 250Lb aircraft bombs and so the Police and explosive crews had to be called.

Note that the men ( deminers ) dealing with the bombs wear normal workwear and not any specialist equipment of any kind as they handle all this type of ordnance on an almost daily basis.

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, January 12 2019.

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Brave men.

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 04:46 PM

Although I can see the point, I still think it's a little far fetched..... ^_^
 
https://warfarehisto...n-world-war-ii/
 
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That story had me in stitches.
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 05:23 PM

That looks like a 500 pound bomb.

 

I don't think protective clothing is necessary.



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Posted 13 January 2019 - 07:21 AM

Hi all, It's been raining here all weekend so my plan to go out to take some Then and Now shots has crashed and burned. Instead I found this website that deals (amongst others) with the liberation of places in the vicinity where I live. It has some nice footage and when you click on the colour picture of the destroyed street you will see some nice comparisons shots of my hometown Venlo.

 

http://www.wegnaarde...n/noord-limburg

 

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 07:29 AM

Rene,

 

It's the early 60s on Val Du Prince or Prinsdale in Kraainem, Flanders outside Brussels. The neighborhood was expanding and the next street over Hertenlaan or Avenue Des Cerfs was being dug out. To a kid like me this was a great time to explore. In the piles of dirt were many rusty objects, helmets, bayonets, pieces of this and that. They were collected up put in a wagon and hauled back home. Later in the day my father, who lived in several WW2 combat zones as a young man, was driving up the hill on the way home from work and observed his son in the street throwing a rusty object on the cement. He had a TR 4 and I could hear him downshift as he tore up the hill. That action caught my attention and I picked up my new rusty toy and moved to the curb. My dad lept out of the car yelling and knew from experience that I was throwing a rusty grenade against the pavement. As a matter of fact I had a small pile of them and was trying to break them open to see what was inside. Didn't make the news and my whole wagon of collectibles was disposed of.

 

We used to go on long walks in the woods in Belgium and Holland. One day I tripped over a root and startled everyone. They knew of several instances where people had triggered old WW2 booby traps just walking in the woods.

 

I can see your point. Around here we are no strangers to finding WW2 ordnance either (certainly aoround the area of the bridges). Therefore it is a little strange to me that for instance when your dogs pees on some object and it starts to his, your inclination (as a grown up) is to pick it up. But that may be just me  :) .

 

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 07:36 AM

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This weeks finds . . . . . . . . .

I dropped in to visit French friends Veronique & Philippe today and finally get to give them their Christmas gifts. Philippe works in a gravel quarry and operates a mechanical bucket machine, whilst scooping the gravel he uncovered two 250Lb aircraft bombs and so the Police and explosive crews had to be called.

Note that the men ( deminers ) dealing with the bombs wear normal workwear and not any specialist equipment of any kind as they handle all this type of ordnance on an almost daily basis.

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, January 12 2019.

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I would not feel to comfortable if I had to operate mechanical bucket machines in the Normandy area. I gues this has not been his first 'explosive' uncovery.

 

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 07:02 AM

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answering a post by our Dutch friend Rene . . . . . .

I have made a couple of posts to a request for information by our fellow blogger ' Dogsbody " ( Rene ),

http://www.usmilitar...lue-about-this/


Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, January 15 2019.

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 01:02 PM

Hi all, It's been raining here all weekend so my plan to go out to take some Then and Now shots has crashed and burned. Instead I found this website that deals (amongst others) with the liberation of places in the vicinity where I live. It has some nice footage and when you click on the colour picture of the destroyed street you will see some nice comparisons shots of my hometown Venlo.

 

http://www.wegnaarde...n/noord-limburg

 

Rene

 

 

Interesting stuff there.  Thanks Rene.  It's been raining here too and more on the way.

Mikie  



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Posted Yesterday, 09:07 AM

Sorry if I've been a bit quiet here recently. I've been fighting off a cold for the past 2 weeks. I had to cover for an absent coworker, so staying home from work wasn't an option.  Cough syrup hasn't been helping my sore throat very much.  But then last night I read this article...

 https://6abc.com/hea...-cough/5087258/

 

And of course, my coworkers yesterday finally finished off the massive pile of holiday chocolates that were in the break room.  The very same massive pile of chocolates that I have been very proud of having the will to resist eating. 

 

Hope you are all well. if not, go get some chocolate!

 

Mikie


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Posted Yesterday, 12:44 PM

In case any of you jeep lovers missed seeing this great post...

http://www.usmilitar...op-near-aachen/

 

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Posted Yesterday, 01:56 PM

all I find in my yard are old beer cans

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Hi Robert, back in the late 70s three friends from London heard the rumour of a tank in a breakers yard out in the country, however the exact yard was not mentioned. So they did an intense search using telephone directories, driving around breakers yards, etc, etc. One evening across some fields they spotted in the distance large piles of cars and cranes and headed in that direction, they spoke to someone working just near the entrance and asked if there was a tank in that yard, he pointed into a corner of the yard and said that there was one over there.

This was the one they found . . . . . . . . . and the rest is history. It was bought, sold, refurbished and into a private collection in Germany.


Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, January 16 2019.

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