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Dangerous finds in war zones

Discussion in 'War Relic Hunting' started by pasadete, Oct 28, 2016.

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    I want to make a post about dangerous finds that can be found in war zones, everybody knows how its a hand grenade or artillery shell but theres some parts of them that looks like harmless but in some cases are letal. sorry for mi english.

    I will arrange it in 3 levels:

    Level F , if explodes you can lost a finger or get several injuries.

    Level H , you can lost a hand or your live.

    Level L , you can blow up , letal.

    First I will add fuze detonators, if you are interesting I will add more.

    FUZE DETONATORS AND BOOSTERS:

    A fuze is used to initialize main charge of shells , bombs , grenades, mines , etc.
    Usually main charge in WW1 to WW2 is AMATOL , a white or yellowed sustance that is very stable and cheap, you can hit it , burn it or melt and it will not explode until it get a very hight temp and pressure. To get this temp and pressure we need a BOOSTER. Boosters are a more unstable than main charge , sometimes you can burn it but dont support a direct hit or high pressure. Usually are made with Ammonium picrate (yellow dust or bricks) or black powder and his job is to carry main charge to a level of temp and pressure for explosion. But booster too temp and pressure, the answer is the DETONATOR, a tinny charge that ignites the detonator and is extremely unstable.

    Detonador , level F
    Booster , level H and sometimes L
    Main charge , Level H

    Some fotos , first a complete fuse:

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    To be continued ....
     
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    Booster with detonator included from light mortar, usally made of brass or aluminum but iron too. Detonator is a little capsule encircled. You get a good signal on metal detector.

    Spanish mortar................French Brand mortar .................German mortar
    IMG_20161028_160841.jpg .................... 40538470.jpg ...................... bdf3.jpg

    German/Spanish copy WW1 Mortar

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    Standard hand grenade initiator with , two ones full with detonator (inert of course) and one with separated detonador. Made of plumb (spanish , american, french, polish) , brass (russian kovesnikov) , aluminum (polish , italian) and sometimes iron.

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    Artillery shell fuze and his booster, very frequently found in battlefields , locals used to sell fuze as scrap and discard booster because was dangerous. Usually made of brass or iron shaped cylinder.

    Spanish, brass .................................... Italian, iron...............French/Austrian ..............Italian detonators
    IMG_20161028_161649.jpg IMG_20161028_161604.jpg .............. IMG_20161028_161904.jpg ...... CollBarilletsFR.jpg ................... images.jpg

    English ........................Japanese

    booster1.jpg ........... booter&fuze.jpg
     
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    HAND GRENADES

    Hand grenades are usually pineapple-shaped and are made of cast iron or tin made with a wooden handle or also tin. It works by pyrotechnic delay, pulling a ring that holds a spring actuates a match lighting a fuse with a delay of between 3 and 5 seconds to explode a load of about 40 grams of TNT or Amatol. As in the movies.

    On my MFT the VDI is -45 to -38



    But there are some hand grenades and grenades that do not seem very dangerous, mainly Italian or "Red Devils". Made of aluminum and painted red inertia or impact working mechanism if they fall into soft as sand, water or mud rather not explode hoping that some clueless step on or touch to produce detonation. Photos:

    On my MFT the VDI is +75 to +83

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    EXTREMELY DANGEROUS

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    Wow, what an interesting article you have done for us.
    Thank you for taking the time to write all that down and with such detailed info.
    A very very in testing read and very informative.
     
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    Thanks mate, unfortunately I do not have much time due to work but I promise to keep uploading information to the forum.

    regards
     
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    min 4:03 "Is a part of battery"
    I think its a fuse detonator, very inestable and dangerous
    --- Double Post Merged, Jun 1, 2019, Original Post Date: Jun 1, 2019 ---
    maybe?

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