Crossroad area (3/6)
Finally, the actual search began! A good adventure combines theoretical background and action. Doing the detective work of research is fun and certainly very necessary for making good finds but the decisive question – does the identified area contain any relics? – can only be solved swinging the coil. No matter how good the story sounds the search can be a complete failure. Therefore I always consider the first find of the desired period a great success – no matter how insignificant the find itself might be.
As said earlier this crossroad was the meeting point for a German unit to march into captivity on May 7, 1945. They were ordered to keep their weapons undamaged but maybe some preferred to get rid of weight. I hoped so.
Crossroads are ideal target areas for the detectorist since they are small. It is seldom that research can provide you with such a precise hint. Often you just read “the antique gold coin was found nearby village X” which is pretty useless. But this hint was a good one.
As can be seen on the picture there are two hills adjacent to the junction. There is also a creek near the junction that cannot be seen on the picture. Following the idea that these hills are excellent strategic positions I climbed the first one. Half an hour of heavy breathing later I reached the top. I walked the rim and within 15 minutes I had found a number of foxholes (soldier’s dugouts)! They can be found quite easily since they have to be where the soldier can see and control the approaching enemy.
Next come two pictures of the remains of foxholes. They are difficult to picture since after 60 years they are pretty shallow.
That was a promising start! I was obviously at a place with military background. Given the research I was confident that the foxholes originated from WW II and not from a post war manoeuvre. So I started to search the area with my detector.
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