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I’ve identified a find from yesterday…
PhD candidate at University of Sheffield writing informally about research and outreach. I'll keep things short and with lots of pictures, for a bite-size glimpse into my research and fieldwork.
April 20, 2016 at 9:36 am
Great finds indeed! I’m also especially interested in the types of practice munitions you find and in any finds that point in the direction of troops burying their garbage. I’m not sure, but my guess is that burying garbage is still common procedure in real conflict, however, it is also restricted in training (in holland) due to environmental and safety laws. I’ve seen these fascinating scenes in Holland of a brilliantly camouflaged truck in a shrubbery, next to a bright orange Dixie toilet visible from miles away . 😉 Interesting paradoxes between training and actual mission situations…
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April 23, 2016 at 8:55 am
Wellll there are lots of practice munitions, I’m taking photos etc. Can you recommend a visual dictionary so I can start identifying types? I can see they’re blanks of diff calibres and some in disintegrating belts, others in metal non-disintegrating belts (I need to work on my vocabulary for these things).
It seems like people are NOT burying their rubbish which is fair enough – it’s in the live firing zone, I wouldn’t be too keen on digging holes & am forbidden to even put a survey peg in the ground by my range safety training/risk assessment. Some soldiers are however rolling their wrappers into little bundles and then putting them in gaps in their wooden shelters, rather than putting them in their pockets. Others just leave them to blow freely in the wind… It seems there are some tidy soldiers and then some careless soldiers but I have to be careful not to attribute one assemblage to a single person, might be multiple uses.
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