A Cache Older than Your Grandfather

Okay, maybe older than your grandfather. If he fought in World War II, well it’s not older than him–but he would’ve been the right age to help put it together or put it to use.

This is a story that has been making the rounds on Eastern European and Russian forums (don’t judge us; they have better porn sometimes, if you’re into hairy women). Finding the original provenance has proven problematic, and we get distracted easily. The tale goes that five containers were recently found buried in a Latvian forest. Inside, the investigators found a full kit of weapons, detonators, and explosives likely intended for Nazi saboteurs. Either the location was reported incorrectly, they chickened out, or the abeyant antagonists met their makers before they could utilize the goods. Regardess, in the ground the containers stayed.

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We hope something similar to this was the last thing they saw

As to the intelligence, or lack thereof, of playing with unknown septuagenarian ordnance you find in the woods? Many explosives degrade over time, and that sometimes makes life… exciting. Either way, Darwin did not win this day. Which is a good thing, otherwise we wouldn’t have a lot of pictures to pore over.

We’ll highlight some that we find interesting, and put up the rest for your consideration.
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Here’s what the containers looked like:
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Inside? First we see why that Mosin Nagant M91/30 hunk of junk rifle you bought for $80 at a pawn shop ten years ago was covered in a thick layer of cosmoline. Have a gander at this Nagant revolver:

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Not too shabby for being in the ground so long. We daresay that if whoever made these were still alive they could make tens of dollars as an author for Paladin Press.

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Blasting Caps, Grenades, Mines, Fuses, all manner of mischief making supplies:

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taynik_vov_50taynik_vov_24One particular item of note was an explosive formed to look like coal. The story has it that they were tossed onto the tenders of locomotives, so if when they were shoveled into the boiler it would wreak massive havoc–like the precursor to Project Eldest Son.

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This photo actually caused one of our minions to dig through his old photos from Fallujah.

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And any good sapper is going to need some tools of the trade. Knives, pliers, and the like:

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There are additional photos at this link. Some with different angles, others with ammunition. Of course and as usual, we recommend you use a popup blocker. The full haul:

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