I cannot consider those small and apparently innoffensive objects without thinking that the life or death of so many poor soldiers under deadly shell showers was dependant of their 'good' operation...
Although big, this selection is not exhaustive, but the story these fuzes tell is interesting.
Artillery fuzes are active components, whose role is to detonate an explosive charge. They did not forgot that mission....
Never touch a fuze that would still be attached to a shell, or still accompanied with a detonator. The army specialists themselves, in charge with the removing of the ancient weapons from the former battlefields, are not taking this kind of risk, preferring to burst those dangerous pieces with an explosion.
A picture is by far less dangerous... All the artefacts presented in these galleries are inert.
PLEASE take a look to the following link, made by French mine-clearer professionals to save your life :
Direct access to the German fuzes of the Great War
Direct access to the British fuzes of the Great War
Direct access to the Austro-Hungarian fuzes of the Great War
Direct access to the Belgian fuzes of the Great War
Direct access to the Frenchfuzes of the Great War
Direct access to the Russian fuzes of the Great War
|Fusées d'autres nations
Direct access to other nations (Italy, Turkey) fuzes of the Great War
Direct access to a selection of shell plugs of the Great War
Fuzes that I can nont identify, any help welcome