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#26

Heatho
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11 July 2017 08:28 pm

I fixed them, they were sideways. thumbsup


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11 July 2017 10:06 pm

Aside from the usual warnings on not removing live ammo or military related ordnance from sites, never post any such finds on the forum or social media (deactivated gear an exception). This was the case earlier this year on another forum, he ended up having the police raid his house with detector, ammo, and all his jewellery finds confiscated. He ended up going to court with a hefty fine to match, though luckily he did get his detector and jewellery finds back in the end. There was a news article on it at one stage, and some of the military finds included a couple of live grenades.


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#28

7.62marksman
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11 July 2017 10:12 pm

idiot comes to mind mad mad mad


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Philthy
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12 July 2017 01:41 pm

Great Write up 7.62.

I can still remember doing patrol practice through WBTA on basic course and at my feet was a live 100mm (approx) projectile. Very rusted and not all that inviting.

I gave my Seco the field signal for mines/booby trap and he gave me a look of WTF! He strolled over for a look and couldn't belive what i'd nearly kicked.

A quick mark of the area with tape and a hasty but controlled retreat was next in order.

Shortly after, i went back in with the demo guys to fix it up once and for all.

A second incident had me visiting the range control office at one of our big live fire ranges. They had a big map on the wall with lots of marking pins in it. I asked what all the pins meant. They were all for the approximate area of UXO that didn't go off and couldn't be found. They were everywhere, I couldn't believe how many things there were in the bush that hadn't gone bang yet.

I have found a old mortar tail fin and plenty of 303 cases on the banks of lake hume. Who knows whats burried in the mud down there.

Stay safe eveyone and don't keep diggin if in doubt.

Philthy


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#30

7.62marksman
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16 July 2017 12:58 am

Little tickle NO bump or kick something might go BANG


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16 July 2017 01:16 am

http://www.defence.gov.au/UXO/News.asp

If you think you are safe read this link it may change your mind

http://www.defence.gov.au/UXO/WhereIs.asp

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-03/w … ew/6592766

http://www.popularmechanics.com/militar … wwii-bomb/

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#32

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16 July 2017 06:24 am

I remember hearing a story of a young soldier digging a pit (fighting bay, @2m long,1.5m deep, 1.5m wide) and he dug up an old white phosphorus mortar round probably from WW2 era. He suffered some really bad burns. As soon as white phos hits oxygen, it starts to burn, and wont stop until the oxygen is taken away. Keep the injury under water if possible, or wrap in a wet towel, and keep it wet. If the phos burns deep into the tissue, it needs to be surgically removed. Nasty stuff.

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16 July 2017 01:09 pm

yes there is an old saying that goes with WP wink i wont write it on here or i will be put in the naughty corner ops ops
anyway yes it is very dangerous stuff thumbsup thumbsup


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16 July 2017 08:35 pm

Occasional_panner wrote:

Not many places in Oz where you need to worry about this, and they are all fenced off on military bases.
The exception would be the top end where Jap raids during WW2 happened in lots more places than people are aware of.

Too right OP,
One of the top 5 alluvial fields in Nth Qld overlaps a portion of what was once a ww2 mortar and sea mine testing range. Thankfully its heavy jungle so not a major threat to accidents. On the ranges other side is a former jungle warfare training grounds complete with airstrip. The nearby town was also host to voluntary chemical warfare research during the same period.
There are also a number of former staging and infantry barrack sites plus coastal gun emplacements and bunkers hidden in the scrub.
Yep plenty of wartime history up here though mostly naval and defensive installations.

TGW.


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21 July 2017 12:52 pm

Bump


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21 July 2017 02:14 pm

Nena has a good post in the members finds section (cant post links yet) not in aus though, its a good thing they don't come across too much of this here on the beaches, i've seen the local coin shooter/beach detectorist out going hell for leather in some deep holes swinging a shovel without a care in the world. would be a big surprise if he hit a grenade or 25lb bomb. I think the only dangers on the beaches here are buried dog turds.

here it is minus the https://www. prospectingaustralia.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?id=22603

maybe someone can edit or post the link for me.

Cheers,

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7.62marksman
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06 August 2017 02:40 pm

gentle bump


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08 August 2017 10:06 am

7.62marksman wrote:

gentle bump

When I get back home I'll see if I can find any of my old photos.

Cheers

Doug


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14 August 2017 01:57 am

This is an interesting read
http://www.ozatwar.com/ozatwar/militarycamps.htm


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14 August 2017 06:53 pm

7.62marksman wrote:

yes there is an old saying that goes with WP wink i wont write it on here or i will be put in the naughty corner ops ops
anyway yes it is very dangerous stuff thumbsup thumbsup

Here is a photo of a white phosphorus demo job in Iraq. Can't remember what tonnage but I could have a guess and say between 100 - 150 tons of explosive.

1502697116_wp_shot_going_off_28612390.jpg

We would have been about 4-5 kms away.

Cheers

Doug


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14 August 2017 07:21 pm

Almost reminds me of some of the modified fireworks I made as a kid. big_smile


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14 August 2017 08:04 pm

Same here, used to build cracker guns. I used a steel piece. Sealed the 2 steel ends added the barrel. Hacksawed a slot for the wick to come out. Used a cracker the same size as the pipe. Now for the ball bearings.
First go it put 3 holes thru the back fence-----Boy did i pay for that!!! cry cry cry cry


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#43

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14 August 2017 08:05 pm

This used to be an ordnance bunker in Iraq. internal dimensions about 20mtrs x 20mtrs x 4mtrs high. Revetted walls with internal walkway between outer walls and inner wall.

1502701044_105_0575_28613000.jpg

It's amazing just what you can do with about 500 pound of propellant and a couple of tons of fine dust. A length of detcord with mortar cartridge to ignite propellant, the shockwave makes the dust rise into a cloud and then the resulting mass fire instantaneously ignites the dust to explode. We levelled several bunkers before we were made to tell our yank partners why the bunkers exploded. devil devil devil They were good days.

Cheers

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14 August 2017 08:26 pm

It is amazing where things end up. You don't need to be near a military range to come across range produce/ordnance etc. A few years back I came across a trip flare on the edge of a lake in a suburb, the nearest military base is over an hour away. So I would not assume that because you are not on a old military area that you can't come across a UXO.

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14 August 2017 09:01 pm

Tim_2260 wrote:

It is amazing where things end up. You don't need to be near a military range to come across range produce/ordnance etc. A few years back I came across a trip flare on the edge of a lake in a suburb, the nearest military base is over an hour away. So I would not assume that because you are not on a old military area that you can't come across a UXO.

Yes Tim, be very aware when you find someones cash crop while out detecting. They use all types of improvised traps and homemade ordnance or weapons. Best to just leave and call the authorities.

Cheers

Doug


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#46

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27 August 2017 09:26 pm

tickle big_smile big_smile big_smile


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01 September 2017 11:28 am

Yeah I saw that on the News today 1.4 tons, they find German bombs over here every other week but they are about 500kg's,

But at 1.4 tons I reckon that will make a bit of a dent in the ground. lol lol

J.

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Ridge Runner wrote:

Yeah I saw that on the News today 1.4 tons, they find German bombs over here every other week but they are about 500kg's,

But at 1.4 tons I reckon that will make a bit of a dent in the ground. lol lol

J.

Yer. We would even get a few in the central highlands, but not often. It's the ones the trawlers pull up which would leave me clenching.

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01 September 2017 08:39 pm

I like the foot note on the link about that bomb where they said they dug up a 1.8 Ton bomb on Christmas Day 2016, Can you imagine the Bang that thing would make,

Even 7.62 could hear that one going off in the yard, lol lol lol

J.


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