Some of you might remember a discovery we made back in 2016, with the burial place of a Romanian soldier in an area called Poiana Spinului.(https://bit.ly/2DfCQ29) We are happy to announce you that the discovery caught interest and it became the subject of a thorough archaeological survey (not just our discovery but the area in general). Due to this study, several other corpses of soldiers were found (both Romanian and German). It was surprising to see that most of them were buried with their equipment still on! The bodies will be soon given a proper burial with the necessary honors. … Continue reading

23.10.15 Iasi

  In the last days of October, we had the occasion to visit some friends of ours located in Iasi, so we had three days of prospecting on the battlefields of their area. All the region is crossed by trenches, both in the open on the hills, and in the woods. The area hosted the first phase of what is known as ‘’The battle for Romania’’, a context where the Soviet troops after having forced the retreat of the Wehrmacht, targeted to break the defensive line of Iasi-Chisinau, destroying the remains of the South Army Group (formed by both German … Continue reading 23.10.15 Iasi

Romanian and German WW2 belt buckles

Sometimes digging isn’t only about recovering items from the underground, but also somehow a ‘’state of awareness’’ which makes you always search around you, mentally digging for ‘’that something’’ that will trigger the joy or the collector instinct. This time we want to highlight two interesting belt buckles, both found in Romania, one dug out, the other found in a flea market for around 20-30eur. The first one is a German belt buckle in iron, assigned to the SS troops, the manufacturer is JFS Josel Felix Sohne. This one was found in a Romanian flea market. The second is a … Continue reading Romanian and German WW2 belt buckles

The Carpathian Campaign 1916

The biggest part of our relics comes from the context of the WW1 Romanian Carpathian 1916 campaign, when the Romanian troops were forced to retreat from the Ardeal region, forming a resistance line on the Carpathian peaks. The Carpathian defensive line represented the last obstacle for the German and Austro-Hungarian troops to flood the entire country, so the Romanian soldiers launched themselves in desperate battles. The shortest way for the German army to reach the country capital was to pass trough Bran and Predeal, both towns which became the scenery of terrible battles and accompanied by heavy artillery shelling. On … Continue reading The Carpathian Campaign 1916

M35 German helmet – cleaning and restoring project

German helmet M35DD model: a post 1940 texturized ”camouflage” paint can be seen on the exterior, under it you can also see the original green-olive paint, typical for the early M35 model, like both of the decals. The interior presents the original green-olive paint. Manufacturer ”ET” Eisen-und Hüttenwerke, AG Thale/Harz, size 66. The helmet was recovered from the Mizil area, Romania, October 2015. Finalization of the cleaning and reconditioning process of the M35 Heer DD German Helmet, having the post 1940 texturized paint. Cleaning Method: gradual baths of oxalic acid (not by immersion) Preservation Method: Renaissance Wax. Continue reading M35 German helmet – cleaning and restoring project