Anyone that's been walking or touring in Belgium or North-East France will have seen the piles of shells around fields, particularly at this time of year, around the ploughing season.
|Shells found in a field in Belgium (photo from the Irish Times)|
|Shells collected from Sanctuary Wood|
In 2008 I went on a Holt's Tours trip to Verdun. Our guide, Richard Holmes, had been told of a newly discovered German trench at the back of Le Mort Homme so we went for a look.
This is a photo of the group in the trench. Then we found this.
It looked like a 105. We promptly retreated, except for one group member. He was a very clever chap but was somewhat lacking in the social sense. He went up and KICKED THE SHELL.
"Its all right, it's a dud" he shouted.
"You f*****g a******e" and "Are you trying to kill us?" were the answers he got.
I was stood about five metres away when he did it. In the next thirty seconds I became very aware of my mortality.