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Spare any change Al?

In the early days of ERH we only really visited British bases and training grounds, it wasn't until we started searching PoW camps in the UK that we discovered a real passion for them. We had visited this site once before this day and both Jay and Al had found German dog-tags. I was determined that on this trip I would find my first! The day started out as normal with me asleep in the car until arrival onsite. Then Alan and Jay would go off like a pair of whippets leaving me to wonder along on my own. I was happy though, I was on a German PoW camp and the sun was just about shining through the tall trees. I wondered about for hours finding odds and ends, nothing special. I could hear Alan and Jay and just about see them, they were calling me over. Alan had found a few German coins, sure enough laid out on his 'finds' bag on the floor was a pile of German Third Reich coins. He then said that they just keep coming. "Get your pinpointers out lads and help".... well we didn't need to be told twice! The hole was made bigger and we started going carefully through all the spoil, the hole and the side and the surface. All while finding large amounts of coinage. 

In the early days of ERH we only really visited British bases and training grounds, it wasn't until we started searching PoW camps in the UK that we discovered a real passion for them. We had visited this site once before this day and both Jay and Al had found German dog-tags. I was determined that on this trip I would find my first! The day started out as normal with me asleep in the car until arrival onsite. Then Alan and Jay would go off like a pair of whippets leaving me to wonder along on my own. I was happy though, I was on a German PoW camp and the sun was just about shining through the tall trees. I wondered about for hours finding odds and ends, nothing special. I could hear Alan and Jay and just about see them, they were calling me over. Alan had found a few German coins, sure enough laid out on his 'finds' bag on the floor was a pile of German Third Reich coins. He then said that they just keep coming. "Get your pinpointers out lads and help".... well we didn't need to be told twice! The hole was made bigger and we started going carefully through all the spoil, the hole and the side and the surface. All while finding large amounts of coinage. 

The coins just seem to be never ending, and the pile on Alan's bag was beginning to overflow. Every scope of spoil thrown out the hole contained coins! (See above) Although after much sifting and poking about with pin pointers the hole eventually gave up its contents. Alan said he wanted to split it all just like we did on the button horde. I was more than happy with that! I only expected a few :) We didn't go into the bother of separating them all in different nationalities or denominations, it was more like a handful for you, and a handful for you. As you can see from the cleaned up coins on the left, they were mostly German, but with an odd sprinkling of all the other nations under Axis control. France, Belgium, Denmark and so on and so on.

This site has since produced more coins than any other site I know of. Including some British, American, Dutch and some very nice French coins too.

After moving on from digging all these coins, as lovely as they are, I remembered my goal for the day was to find a German dog-tag!

This site at times feels like it goes on forever and is so trashy in places it drives you insane. However I did eventually get a few nicer signals. One by a small ditch that runs the length of the site. I dug down and pull out what looks like a rim of a water-bottle that has been made into a napkin ring. Its very nicely marked 2nd Field Artillery. Which is clearly not a German unit, so possibly made for one of the Guards? 

A lovely find, that is still pride of place all this time later in my PoW finds display cabinet.... however... where is my dog-tag. I had almost convinced myself that I would find one and the light was drawing in. I had no idea where Jay and Alan had got to or even what they might be finding.

I started heading roughly in the direction of the car, or at least the direction I thought I might be in. My sense of direction in the woods is terrible, I found a track and recognised it, I was for a change heading in the right direction. I started to scan around where I thought buildings were but without getting to close to avoid all the trashy building construction items. I finally had a zinc signal that was bigger than a coin. I dug down and sure as hell there she was... my first German dog-tag and complete too. None of that half business for me! RESULT! However, it was almost black! So I didn't even bother to wipe it clean and I knew we would be packing up soon so I could just clean it properly and more 

delicately. After all zinc is so easy to damage. I got home and sorted all the coins into denominations and gave them all a quick bath. I took my dog-tag to the kitchen sink and found a spongy pad, one of those with the rough green side and started to scrub away using lots of water and Fairy liquid. Suddenly and as if from no where.... I could see SS lightning runes! Holy fuck, I shouted at loud, my wife asking "Is that good then?". where is my phone, where is my phone? I rang Jay, he answered asking "Ok what have you left in the car this time?". The only thing I could say was "Its SS, its SS" and I said it over and over. I get far too excited! I could then hear Jay saying something along the lines of "that jammy fucker only went and found an SS dog-tag" and Alan replying with something along the lines of "of course he fucking did!". After the swearing I got a well done and a "....hopefully there is more!"