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----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Barford" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 10:52 AM
Subject: Odp: metal detectors selling on ebay
> Martin Brown writes:
> > The British had pressed fibre identity tags which don't survive well
> > in the soil
> pressed what kind of fibre? I find these tags difficult to visualise - has
> anyone a reference to a website with a picture?
> The same problem occurs on the former Eastern Front area(s)
> Paul Barford
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Martin Brown <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 10:40 AM
> Subject: Re: metal detectors selling on ebay
> > Because the material says things like "found near Vimy" and it's
> in "excavated" condition rather than "found in barn" condition.
> > Many men where knocked to spots by shelling, many others fell and were
> recovered or pitched in shell-holes in the chaos. Missing often did mean
> just that.
> > I am not talking about material acquired from family, such as medals and
> letters but the actual kit carried by Tommy or Fritz when he was killed.
> British had pressed fibre identity tags which
> > don't survive well in the soil so personal artefacts found on the
> are often the only means of identity.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: C.H.McGovern [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: 07 July 2003 17:52
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: metal detectors selling on ebay
> > I do not understand why you think that such material - I assume you are
> > referring to dog tags etc. are obviously looted from bodies found on the
> > battlefield?! I would be most interested to know your source. In the
> > instance many of bodies of the men who lost their lives in this
> > were very sadly blown to bits - there was nothing left to loot,
> > being informed of the death when the dog tags were found.
> > The people who sell such items on ebay etc. are often dealers who have
> > acquired the items from the present families of the deceased who
> > no longer have an interest in the items. I think it is great that these
> > are sold on to collectors who are preserving these items for future
> > generations and they will not just go out with the rubbish as so many of
> > things sadly do.
> > Claire
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