On this page I will post photographs of ammunition which I found (click ‘Found Ammunition’ in the left side menu) – either dug up myself or found left in the open/dug up by someone else. Even I myself made mistakes digging this stuff up; the police/EOD was contacted for this.

These photographs gave a good reference of how dangerous ww2 munition looks like so you won’t have to find out yourself. First a small explanation of bullets and artillery grenades:

Bullet parts determination:

Obviously the bullet has been fired when you find the tip and casing separate from each other. The casing would have a primer with a dot mark inside from the rifle hammer like this:

Artillery grenade parts determination:

Before firing the safety cap is removed and discarded. The grenade is fired from the artillery and the brass casing is also discarded. If you find either safety caps or brass casings you found an artillery battery location!

In most cases though you will find an abundance of exploded grenade fragments. These can either be fragments of fuses, grenade bodies or driving bands. Unidentifiable rusted iron parts are grenade body fragments. Copper grooved strips are driving band fragments. Different oddly shaped copper parts are most likely fuse fragments.

IMPORTANT: the driving band was used to press the grenade into the brass casing. After firing the driving band was grooved by the barrel rifling and made the grenade spin while airborne (arming it).

So grooved driving band parts originate from fired shells.