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My name is Bas and I live in the Netherlands (Europe). I started collecting militaria in the 80's, in the 90's my collection disappeared in storage boxes and saw the light of day again around 2013. I sold all the British stuff, kept some German militaria but really started collecting US WW II ETO militaria. Now, after 5 years, my US collection has considerably grown to a small museum-like collection, I live in the epic centre of the WW II ETO, just 40 minutes from Hürtgenwald (Hürtgenforest), 1 hour from Bastogne (Battle of the bulge) and 1,5 hour from Arnhem (Market Garden).

I just love US militaria for its diversity and colourfull personal items (toothpaste, shaving cream, K-rations). I'm always in search for new articles to supplement my collection.


An overview of my collection (not all is visible)




I just love British Made stuff






Canteens, canteens, canteens






And I am also a metal-detecting enthusiast and cyclist (road and MTB)

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Greetings Bas! Great collection!

Anychance you could post some of your metal detectng finds?

If I lived there... I'd spend every possible amount of free time searching with the detector.

I'd bet one has be a bit careful detecting there as I am sure a lot of Unexploded

munitions are lying around?

Love to see some of your finds.

Welcome to the Forum.

I collect US WW2 Wing Insignias.



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Metal-detecting can be dangerous, even after 70 years there is al lot of unexploded ammo in the ground. And of course a lot of a other small interesting relics.


Found at the location where Lt. Holloway lost his life.




reference: http://www.miaproject.net/mia-search-recoveries/lieutenant-holloway/


A recent foxhole find ivo Berg en Dal (dug up by a friend). A full garand clip.



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Did I forget to mention that I'm still in active service (Army)..... And did several tours to Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and Mali. Best job ever had :-)

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  • 4 weeks later...

5 March I did some metal-detecting in the Hürtgenwald and dug up this 81 mm Mortar ammobox. A lot of things are still lying on the surface. the ammo box was buried pretty deep and this not the only one. There was an other one next to it and they are al over the place. Dug up in the area where 22 Inf Reg (4th inf div) saw a lot of action.







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Hello Bas,


Welcome aboard. You have a great, interesting collection. Thanks for posting the photos.



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Latest addition to my collection, bought at the military fair in La Gleize The Ardennes Belgium (there where Kampfgruppe Peiper found its defeat).





On 10 June I did some metaldetecting in the Elzas area where the 94 Infantry Division fought, although I found some fasteners and eyes from an ammobelt, this Meatcan lid (Model M-1918 I think) was a big suprise. It even has an inscription with the name Betlock or Beilock with a Laundrynumber. But untill now no matches.






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Sunday 27 October was the big militaria fair in Ciney Belgium. It's great to stroll around and find interesting things. These things I can add to my collection:




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As I said before, great collection. Metal-detecting sometimes give interest items who will complete other items in a collection. But as you said, it`s often dangerous because you didn`t know what you find.

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  • 5 months later...

recently I bought a nice pair of sevice boots composition sole (type II), dated 1942 and a size 9. That will fit perfectly on a mannequin.



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