Danger! Danger! Danger!
Digging on World War
1 and 2 Battlefields is a very dangerous business.
thousands of tons of unexploded ordinance lies undiscovered
in the fields of France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
Up to 30 people are
killed every year by unexploded bombs and artillery shells
in France alone.
Artillery shells, Grenades and bullets are designed with a
single purpose in mind - to kill. Leave them alone,
should you come across any on your travels, get yourself as
far away from them as possible and inform the Police- Don't become another victim of the Iron Harvest.
To see the kind of
ordinance that is still being dug up visit
De Diggers Battlefield Exploration's Photo Gallery,
and bear in mind that these guys and
gals really know what they are doing.
Many countries have
made it illegal to dig for battlefield relics. Before
digging anywhere check that it is legal to do so, make sure
you have the permission of the land owner, preferably in writing and be
very very careful.
Battlefield relic collectors were recently arrested after
the Police raided their premises and found illegal material.
The two experienced
diggers were unaware that the material the police seized
required licensing that they didn't have, the two men are
currently on bail awaiting trial. If convicted they face a
minimum of five years imprisonment.
If two experienced
Battlefield diggers can make mistakes you can too. Getting
blown up is no joke, going to prison for years is no joke
either, limit your searches and collecting to relics that
don't have the potential to go bang.
It goes without saying that I will
except no responsibility for the actions of anyone who goes
digging for battlefield relics after reading this web site,
nor will I except responsibility for the consequences of
your battlefield digging expeditions. If you get maimed,
blown up or arrested whilst digging, it is not my fault.
You use the
information or advice found on this site entirely at your
own risk - and the risks involved in battlefield
digging can be considerable.
Obey the law and
correct safety procedures at all times.
The Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 page.