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    I assume in France a find like that would need to be turned into the government.
    No finders keepers.
    I wonder what weapons like that would be worth on the market?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rstickle View Post
    There are still "keep out" zones in France from WWI, just to much ordnance to remove and a lot of it to dangerous due to the use of chemical rounds by both sides.

    P.S. Of course the French have bomb disposal squads, as do most countries these days. Some of the busiest are in France, the UK, Germany and the Japan/Pacific areas.
    If you're going to fight a war, fight it on someone else's turf. Of course that does not explain all the WWII munitions they keep digging up here in Ft. Pierce. Must be because of the UDT training there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    If you're going to fight a war, fight it on someone else's turf. Of course that does not explain all the WWII munitions they keep digging up here in Ft. Pierce. Must be because of the UDT training there.
    Sometime the distant future, they will dig up your lawn. Can you imagine the posts about that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmf552 View Post
    Sometime the distant future, they will dig up your lawn. Can you imagine the posts about that?
    They won't dig long...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post
    Grenades? Grenades? I wonder if they realize just how dangerous those 75 year old devices are?

    The guns are fine. The grenades? I think I'd call the Bomb Squad - if they have one in France!
    I'd be trying-out those grenades to make sure every one worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinRohrer View Post
    I'd be trying-out those grenades to make sure every one worked.
    Not me, being 70+ years old there is no telling how unstable they are. I would leave them where they are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinRohrer View Post
    I'd be trying-out those grenades to make sure every one worked.
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    Not me, being 70+ years old there is no telling how unstable they are. I would leave them where they are.
    Those things were somewhat erratic even when new. Pulling the pin now would be a bad idea. :)
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    Heck, even the Goodwill stores aren't safe here. People dropping off unwanted grenades!

    https://cbs12.com/news/local/inactiv...ses-evacuation

    Drove by that place today and really, really, really wanted to stop in and ask if they had any grenades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    Itís amazing just how many things are still being found 70 years after WWII ended.
    Heck, a construction crew just found an unexploded Civil War era artillery shell while working downtown.

    Last week:
    https://abcnews4.com/news/local/arti...sures-downtown
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    Iím sure they turned them over. I recall a few years ago there was a Cache found within a wall. Machine guns grenades couple rifles and pistols. They were turned into the Museum of the French Resistance that then proudly proclaimed they would permanently deactivate them for display. Amazing they didnít learn after the last round of occupation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmf552 View Post

    One has to wonder if a similar situation will happen in this country at some point in time.
    No, if that happens here we are on our own.
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    They found a WWII bomb around FSU a few years ago.

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/bombs-awa...hed-in-florida

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunnie View Post
    Iím sure they turned them over. I recall a few years ago there was a Cache found within a wall. Machine guns grenades couple rifles and pistols. They were turned into the Museum of the French Resistance that then proudly proclaimed they would permanently deactivate them for display. Amazing they didnít learn after the last round of occupation.
    One time when I was in France, we were traveling through some smallish village and passed a small building. I don't speak French, but my best translation of the name over the door was "Museum of French Victories. This building was smaller than a one room school house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMinSC View Post
    Heck, a construction crew just found an unexploded Civil War era artillery shell while working downtown.

    Last week:
    https://abcnews4.com/news/local/arti...sures-downtown
    Yup, there is plenty of Civil War ordnance still floating around waiting to be found! The oldest ordnance I was involved with was in Washington, DC (Georgetown), and we ID'd it as a British round most likely fired during the War of 1812.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoDeer View Post
    One time when I was in France, we were traveling through some smallish village and passed a small building. I don't speak French, but my best translation of the name over the door was "Museum of French Victories. This building was smaller than a one room school house.
    I like making fun of the French too, but we do have to remember that they hold the record for battles won at 1115. They just beat the UK at 1105. They always had a top notch military but by the start of WWII, simply out of men. They lost a whole generation.

    Okay, back to the French jokes.
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