|In the last century the Korsun battlefields
have witnessed two battles. At time of revolution, the army of
Ukrainian anarchists chased down and killed a red army troop on
Exploring at a place of two battles is doubly interesting.
The anarchists on the photo, they kept in terror all this region.
Graves beside a road tell us that last time the anarchists
visited this town was in 1922.
Locals showing us how they apply a war items to everyday
Let's return to digging on the hills. Of all explosives most
dangerous those shells that were fired through a tank or
artillery barrel and didn't expload. They can be recognized by
rifling marks on the projectile. The same about mortar mines,
most of which were armed for detonation at the moment of being
shot from a mortar, so whenever one is found with a fuse and
used (shot through) percussion cap, one is armed and ready to
expload. Sappers calling such explosives- anti-fascists and
there are lot of them. On factories in Germany the anti-fascists
were deliberately produced defective stuff, in a Soviet Union a
This is machine gun, one from family of german MG mashine guns.
Machine guns not my favourite, they belong to relics that is
hard to carry but sorry to leave. A fully assembled machine gun
can weight 1/3 of my own weight, but they seldom found fully
assembled. Usually, when army was retreating, in order not to
leave a working ammunition to enemy soldiers were taking them
apart and bury some parts in trenches or drowning them in river.
For someone who want to assemble it, it won't be hard to find
all missing parts. Here some parts from MG machine guns; sight
for targeting war-planes, big box for cartridges and barrel for
MG-42. Barrels our usuall finds, they were overheat in a battle,
deformed and thrown away. This one is brand new barrel, just a
On last photo is box for cartridges for MG-34 machine gun. I
brought it from Korsun, where it was found it in clay. It is
completely functional, painted in tropic yellow. At the
beginning of war, ammunition painted in this color was dedicated
for troops in Africa, but later they also began to supply troops
in Europe with a troppic yellow ammunition, may be the part of a
reason is because things start getting hot in Europe.