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Even though we are on the hunt for mines buried during the war, sadly there are many other remnants and reminders of the terrible war which raged here.


We are often approached by police or village leaders who have been told about a stash of ammunition which was simply abandoned once the fighting stopped or a piece of ordnance found by someone in the community which no-one is sure what to do with.


speaking with local informants

So we are all equipped and qualified to destroy these items as we go round surveying. Scarily they can be found in the most ‘inconvenient’ of places and more often than not they are not safe to move so we have to destroy them where they are.


Recently we were called to destroy a mortar bomb found next to the back wall of a hospital. This meant evacuating the entire hospital – no mean feat – although there is a certain sense of satisfaction blowing the dammed thing to smithereens!


Last week we were approached by a policeman who said a mortar bomb had been spotted sticking out of the ground just to the side of a path winding through the bush. We turned up expecting to go through our normal procedure of destroying it – this involves digging a little around the area so we can put the explosives next to it – as we excavated a little there was an unmistakable sound of metal on metal…


To cut a long story short we were still there 5 hours later!




As we unearthed more and more ordnance we thought we would never reach the bottom of the pit. What had happened was during the war, soldiers had buried a huge stash of bombs, ammunition and guns with the intention of coming back for them. The war ended and of course they were completely forgotten about!


I don’t think the policeman could quite believe his eyes by the time we had finished!




 Helpfully for us, they had also buried an anti tank mine. These make great ‘donor charges’ (the explosive you use to start the main explosion). We spent an entire day digging out the stash, what we thought was 1 mortar ended up being about 70! As well as hand grenades, guns and boxes of ammunition!




Destroying that stash was what one might consider a ‘good day at the office’!




  1. Jo said,

    November 19, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Flip – that is mental! Good to see your updates – hope you are preparing for the cold chilly weather back home!! x

  2. Ankles said,

    November 22, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    oh jeeezzz what a day!!! i’m sooooo proud of you i can’t say how much!! can’t wait to see you bells xxx

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