The Forgotten Cache of a German Saboteur

Here’s an interesting finding from a Latvian forest – five hermetic containers intended for German saboteurs, who acted in the time of WWII in the rear of Red Army. For seventy years the containers were reliably protected from moisture, so the contents are preserved even better than it could be at a warehouse.

The seals are still intact.

A French M1892 as unwrapped. Like the Soviet and Russian grenades, the Germans captured tons of military supplies during their initial blitzkrieg and put them all to use in one way or another.

Hand grenade RGD-33. The cap well is empty. These are potato-masher style offensive grenades and need a fuse inserted as well as a handle attached. The neat thing about these is you could daisy chain a bunch of these together to one handle and throw the whole deal at once like a poor-man’s satchel charge.

A Polish-made w.33 pineapple grenade

The military-made and marked Saint-Étienne Model 1892 revolver, all cosmolined up.
Bullets in perfect condition.
Explosives designed to look like coal. They were thrown onto coal piles at railway stations, then they got into a locomotive furnace and incapacitated it. The idea actually dates back to the Civil War.
Empty cartridge case of a German pistol was used for storage of blasting caps.
Various tools, all with German commercial markings.
German case for blasting caps.
A couple of grenades RGD-33.
A box of 100 blasting caps.
Pocketknife marked “Jowika, Solingen.” The brand dates to before 1930 in Germany.
Magnetic mine. Find something metal, stick it, and you are done.
Blasting caps.
Schmirgel, which is an abrasive. Good for pouring in engine crankcases or in use with explosives.
French SFM-marked 1934 8x27mm cartridges for the M1892. Note the leather holster for the gun in the snow.
French bullets.
Det cord.
Source: http://www.копанина.рф/publ/5-1-0-558
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