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There is a lot of history around, you just have to do a bit of research, or know the right people to find it. I’ve made friends with people through the Brisbane Social Facebook Group (you can join here) and have already been to some great locations because of these new connections. One of the places I’ve been to twice in the last few months is a local military camp. This is where thousands of Australian World War II soldiers were stationed, along with 40,000 American troops.
It was a great day, a helmet, 9mm bullet cache, badges, trench art, buttons and bottles were all given the light of day once more, 70 years after they were lost. It’s wonderful to dig up these artifacts and get a sense of what these men were going through all those many years ago. This hobby gives back in so many ways.
A helmet, bottles, buttons and other artifacts all came out of a single hole. All-Metal Mode found this hoard!
A 9mm bullet cache found in one single hole, material still stuck to some of the bullets – probably wrapped up in part of a shirt or pouch and buried/dropped.
Rising Sun collar badge, one of two found - the other a larger hat badge seen in the image above.
American 12 star buttons – the 12 stars pertaining to the 12 original States that eventually turned into 50.
Four 1940’s American coke bottles looking as new as the day they were made came out of the helmet hole.
Trench Art. An Australian soldier would have carved this out of a penny perhaps as good luck or something to pass the time in the field. A true glimpse in to the every day lives of these courageous men.
More American soldier 12 star buttons – another connection to the distant past. The 12 original United States.
Digging up amazing finds out in beautiful nature, it doesn’t get any better than that.
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