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Light ammunitions
Fuses and artillery
Bayonets and fire weapons
Helmets and personal equipment
Enigmas (help me !)

BEWARE, the Great War still kills. Many ammunition are still lying on the ground or underneath, and it would be deadly imprudent to believe that 90 years have made those old explosives not dangerous any more...

In the interest of your own life, just take photographs of the material that you discover, and leave it in place, unless being absolutely certain of its inert nature. Even if I passed one full year of military service among pioneers in the belgian army, I do not consider myself as a mine-clearer... !

PLEASE take a look to the following link, made by French mine-clearer professionals to save your life :

! If you are interested by a collection, the best is to get inert pieces in secondhand trades, certain museums, or by collectors...

Wartime pieces categories

French Grenade F1 mod 1915


In the french side, the grenades of the beginning of the war were often artisanal, fruit of the imagination and ‘do-it-yourself’ resourceful, or revamping of dangerous old models stored in the arsenals. The grenade was an essential weapon in the trench war, not really astonishing then to see so much of them still lying today on the battle fields. Of course, the grenades are devices made to kill. 90 years afterwards, they still know how to do ! Only the fragments or empty bodies are inoffensive...

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Lebel and Mauser rifles cartridges

Light ammunitions (In construction)

It is frequent to find empty casings, bullets having fly and sometimes deformed, or even intact rifle ammunitions. Be careful, these last ones are still filled with powder and thus dangerous... The ammunitions were often used by the ‘Poilus’ for their craft manufacturing, intended for their own souvenir or for selling. It is not rare to discover these memory pieces in secondhand trades.

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Fusée de 75 français

Artillery fuses and shells

A pile of unexploded shells, rusted or still marked with painting, laid along a plowed field, waiting for the mine-clearance service, is an extremely traditional vision in the landscapes of the old front line. It goes without saying that it is excessively dangerous to touch them. Sometimes, you will find fragments of shell, or empty cylinders, much more inoffensive. The fuses, devices intended to make the shell explode at the right time, are precision mechanisms. They are so various, that they could be the subject of a entirely independent study.

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French bayonet handle

Bayonets and fire weapons (In construction)

You will see quite often on the old frontline fragments of bayonets, sleeves, or more seldom rifle guns. Secondhand trades or some museums make it possible to acquire much more easily this kind of objects in far better quality.

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Prussian PickHube

Helmets and personal equipment

War spoils brought back by grandfathers, very beautiful helmets from that period can be bought to the collectors or second-hand dealers. Those that one can sometimes see on the ancient battlefields ground are now in a very bad condition. As for the personal equipment, these pieces are always very moving to me, because they recall that behind the military facts and the official monuments, those who suffered under the steel rain were also simple men...

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Renault tank model

Various (In construction)

an abandoned battle field is also an immense dumping ground sometimes filled with horrible wastes… ! I also present to you some small-scale models...

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Enigmas... (In construction)

Some discovered pieces, obviously coming from the same period, remain as an enigma for me... Will you help me to identify them ? Return at the top of page

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Some pictures to help your patience :

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