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The SOE haul!

This was probably the most unexpected day ever, we we're happily digging out an RAF base dump. When I say happy, I mean that 'I was happy', 'Jay was happy' but Alan, not so much. Unlike Alan he was a little lost and not knowing where to dig next. I pointed to an area where we hadn't dug before and advised him to dig there. 

We all continued to dig and search for more relics. After a while he called me over and showed me something that I had never seen before. "What the hell is that?" I asked. Alan was excited and I knew it was for a reason. He said they are SOE pencils. I still had on idea, but knew I could figure the details out later. I went back to digging in my spot, a few moments later he called me over again. "they are everywhere!" Alan exclaimed and he also showed me a couple of different types.  So I joined help to him dig them all out, he was right. Within a few minutes we had a pile of them mounding up. Jay also came over to join us and the pile just kept on getting bigger and bigger. Alan and Jay took what they wanted, I just loaded what ever else was left into m,y huge black army rucksack until it was full. I soon found a new problem! As these things are brass the

weight soon starts to build fast! I couldn't actually lift my bag off the ground and had to drag it back to the car. It took two of us to lift it into the car boot.

Once home these were piled into fruit crates, a great thing for sorting lots of relics. I later sorted them into types. First of were the number 9 time delay pencil, then the number 10 time delay pencil, number 3 engineers detonator, SOE pressure plate booby traps and a few boxes that some of these came out of. 

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