Before some months someone here put a topic with the name Photos by a Battlefield Digger
Well first of all, im the Gary and yes im relic hunter, i like to digging in battlefields of WW1 and WW2. Here in Greece we have both of this two wars battlefields. Here i live in north Greece Macedonia, we have the great Macedonian front battlefields wich took place at 1915 untill September 1918 with the fall of Bulgarian army and the win of Edent powers, Great Britain France Greece and Serbia, make great battles here in Macedonian front against German Bulgarian and Austro-Hungary empire armies.
Im also History and Relic Lover. Before some years i take my first Metal Dedector and i go to the WW1 Macedonian's front battlefields and i was start to search relics of WW1. For first time i was for 2 years on Skra di Legen battlefields, Skra di Legen is next to my village, was a ww1 battle wich took place at May 16 1918 between Greeks and Bulgars Soldiers. The great win of Greek army was finish the war in this place at September of 1918 with the defeat of Bulgarian amry.
My video about Skra di Legen battle:
Im going in all of the ww1 Macedonian front for relic hunting, battlefields like Skra di Legen, Dobro Pole(September 1918 French and Serbian army against German Bulgarian army), Doiran battlefields(Greek and British army against Bulgarian army), Tzena-Sarena battlefields(Serbian and Greek army against Bulgarian and German army), and the Great Kajmaktsalan(Voras Greek mountain) battlefields of 1916-18 battles of Serbian army against Bulgarian army, They are my favorite places for WW1 relic hunting. I have learn thousand things about military ammo items etc.
Now about the topic, im alive ofcourse, im ungry with guys who call me stupid, the stupid is you who call me like this. I know what i do, and i make it with all of my love and i know everthing for explode relics like grenades shells etc. I have to say about explode relics that, i take only some empty grenades and not alive grenades and shells. Im rational and not stupid, i have learn many things about ww1 militaria and i can teach anyone in this forum, you can talk with me for this. I do this hobby not for money(like other relic hunters) and i dont put all of the relics in my collection, i have make a beautiful Video about Skra di Legen and my proud to be Greek, and a beautiful Museum for people who want to see WW1 history and relics. Id like to thank the guys who found beautiful tht i make and i want to say yes, it is beautiful its very beautiful military searching, its beautiful to found something wich whrite the history about this, and very ROMANTIC to found a relic something wich holded from a guy wich the history talk about him, and the next hand wich hold this item its yours, too beautiful for me.
Now for the human remains wich found from me. Im not grave robber or thief, many times i have listen this, its stupid because i have never go for dug up any grave for take the dead's personal items. OPPOSITE its great you find a wanted dead guy who was unknown after the battle and their commrandes put him in list of wanted lost soldiers. Many times i have found soldiers who wanted and the list of lost soldiers be smaller. This Is GREAT!!
The fail of the guys who think me grave robber, is when im going for relic hunting some times my Metal Dedector hit sound for something BIG(any rifle helmet etc.) and when im digging i fall in a soldier who take bury with his rifle and helmet and my dedector found them. This is very NORMAL and not crime, because this guy may was take buried not from his commrades, but from any Big Shell Bomb wich take blow up next or in front of the soldier and bury him with soil and stones. THIS IS HISTORY REFUTE!!
LAST of all now i want to meet you my page on facebook that some of you knows it. WW1 - WW2 Relic Hunting(Excavation on Battlefields)
Interests:The Western Front (all aspects, all nations). Collecting Great War militaria (uniforms and equipment). Visiting the battlefields (all areas, not just the British areas). Meeting fellow enthusiasts, good beer and French wine! Oh and Daleks!!!
Posted 29 July 2012 - 12:28 PM
Thankyou for posting. Interesting views of a battlefield I know little about. I visit France often and there are plenty of live shells there. Best advice is to photograph only but that mesage has been circulated many times.
The video was nice to view and the music very well chosen. What were the pieces especially the music from the second half?
I am visiting your beutiful country soon and cannot wait to experience the Greek hospitality.
I can understand that you may have felt offended by many of the comments on the other thread but you have to understand where the members of the Forum were coming from.
Thousands of people visit the battlefields of France and Belgium every year. Many of them come accross unexploded munitions that have surfaced after farm activity. The message has to be a very strong one - do not touch! You say you are experienced, but can you identify every different kind of munition (including gas)used in either wars, there are few who can. Also, did your military training cover the handling of munitions that had been in the ground for almost 100 years - I think not. Anyone looking at you Facebook site might be tempted to collect for themselves, with possible deadly consequences - do you want that on your conscience.
Another factor which will have upset readers is the legal one. In the first place it is illegal to use a metal detector in France to search for battlefield relics without permission. It is also illegal to handle any form of munition. If someone followed your ideas over here they could find themselves in trouble, even if they don't touch unexploded material.
Finally, and here I must agree with many of the responses, both on the original thread a year ago and the ones on this Forum, you have a cavalier attitude towards the finding of remains. It is not for you to bury remains and put a cross up (as you say you do on the other site). You have absolutely no right to do this. I notice on your Facebook site a number of French and German artifacts. I know for sure that if you have found human remains from those countries, from either war, and have simply reburied them the respective organisations responsible would be very disturbed; as would the Ministry of Defence in the UK.
It is not only important for you to understand the feelings of those who fear for your safety, those you can ignore if you wish. However; it is wrong for you to ignore those who voice their concerns over a non-scientific and in some ways disrespectful digging up of historical sites.
Jim i saw your post right now, well i have to say something about your question for unexplode ammunitions you ask about. As i say im expert of these items because im reading every day about all of ammunition kinds of wars (WW1 WW2). I have found many times danger relics like poison gas ammo in grenade or shell form. With my experience i know how to dug up these items and what to do with them. Im so expert with them wich i have deactivate many times, hand grenades, rifle grenades, shells, and other dangerus ammunition relics. But i have to say something about your fear and fear of the guys here. Dont thing that these items are so dangerus, many times i have hit shells or grenades to their detonators and nothing happened, that because WW1 ammunitions was primeval construction and their detonators and exploding system have take too much junk. Your fear is big because you have never go in with any ammunition item any grenade or anything, that you thing they are TOO MUCH dangers. When you go in with something like that you will see it.
But they exist also and accidents like this guy from Slovenia: who killed by a WW1 grenade when his try to remove the rust from she's body and hit her in a stone http://www.facebook....87279074&type=3
For the human remains now, i didnt say now im make bury on human remains when i found them, i say that we making excavations for relics and we fall on buried soldiers with their metal person al items(helmets rifles etc). When this happens we unbury them and try tou found their ID tags(dog tags) or something else to understand what guy is, what country came from and other. When we finish with that we call people or authories and bury them in military cemeteries and graves with their commrades or wee send him on his fammily, read what i whrite please, and watch this link, what we making on:
Thank you mmckay395, our museum is in Crete island in Greece, made from my best friend for start and we put there many relics, this is his page about this museum: http://www.facebook....161216617274726
I also will start to make a big museum with many relics here in Macedonia north Greece to, in my prefecture, with Macedonian Front's war relics ofcourse
Sorry to press a point but in a post on the other forum you answered a question regarding remains by stating that you had personally reburied the bones and installed a cross. If that is not true why did you say it? Your comment about not thinking that these 'primitive devices' are dangerous is why folk comment in the way they do. It is not a responsible thing to write in a public arena.
Please tell us that when you find live munitions you hand them over to the correct authorities to dispose of them. I am particularly concerned about your finding gas shells, even the experts in France find such finds difficult to deal with. What I read above does not, I am afraid, allay any of my fears for your safety, nor that of any who accompany you or try and follow your example. I think you should just accept that the vast majority on here are going to have the same or similar opinion.
Jim this topic on Landships is 2 years ago old, i have delete my nick name there, i was put whrong words and this is no true, i have developing this sector(ekhumation on battlefields). So you can ignore my words on this forum, its not exist now on.
When i found danger items like ammunition relics shells grenades gas etc wich are steel alive, i dont go in with them, i just put them in a hole and bury them, or in caves. Only that, you dont need to fvear or worry about my safety im ok i know what i do, i do it many years now, you can see me im safe im ok, thank you