— So, guys, we are going to disinter some boxes, the whole blindage full of boxes. Guys, you are touching the history with us right now. “Let’s go!” (famous Yuri Gagarin’s quote) — Wow, MP 40! Aw, a fake one again… Where do I find a real one? Oh, on the VIOLITY Auction! You can buy all kinds of weapon models there and all sorts of antique, and also sell the things you don’t need. The link to the auction is in the description box And, in conclusion, I’d like to tell you, comrades: as they say “However you name the ship, that’s what you should write on it” (untranslatable Russian memes) On the VIOLITY Auction website you can check the prices, estimate the price of your thing, open the bidding and sell your merchandise for current prices. Links to the VIOLITY website and YouTube channel are in the description box. — Mikhail! Are you OK? You don’t spare yourself. — Eh, Misha? — I told you to get out of there. — It’s so wet here! — Look, cartridges. — So, guys, we are in a blindage. It is very deep. And in the top layers we see some boxes. — Here’s a mine. — What is it? — A mine. Here, on the top. Hold on. — It seems like it’s a 80 millimeters mine and the boxes. The boxes are probably for mines too. It’s important to be careful — Those are dangerous, actually. — Yeah, it’s from the box
— There are more little pieces over there. — Show me. Our Katherine has found a tobacco pipe. It seems like Katherine is starting to get all kinds of stuff. — Starting to get goods. Yeah, Katherine? — Here, the pipe. That’s how it used to lie here. — That’s what Katherine has found. — Damn, she broke it. — We keep pumping the water out of the blindage. We are almost at the very bottom. — Guys, look what we got — a headset, a microphone and a speaker. And there are the crosses for some reason — apparently the little cross shows a microphone and the large one showes the speaker, I think so. Not to mistake one for another. Wow, there are marks! — Aren’t those earpieces? — Those marks must show left and right. — Oh, yeah, sure. I was just thinking of telephone. Yeah, probably. No, no it must be a handset, see — they are different one with a screw and another with a stop. The one with a stop is a microphone — Microphone? — Yes, I think so. — Well, probably, *singing* — Our comrade Mikhail got himself so deep underground and he is starting to dig out boxes. Now we’ll try to see something from afar and pour a little bit of dirt in here for him. In theory, could I step on one of the boxes? — Yes, you could, even in reality. — Isn’t it going to fall on you?
— No. It shouldn’t yet. You can step on this one. — They lie in rows, down to the very bottom. Have you reached the bottom?
— No. — The last one?
— No, not yet. Still trying. So, guys, we are going to disinter some boxes, the whole blindage full of boxes. Where do you want to put them? Let’s put them here and open them right away. Or do you want to get them all out first? — I wanted to get everything out first.
— Go on then. One by one. Two at a time are too heavy. — Maybe you need help? — We don’t need middlemen. You can go and help. — That’s how it is in business — so many middlemen. — Yeah. — Those are the lighter ones. — Greetings from Belorussian brothers. — Careful. — Take your time, Misha. — I am. One second. — Be careful with those. Look, it has a wooden handle. — Hold on.
— Hold on, Katherine. — OK. — Whole pile of boxes! Damn, how many of them are there? — I’ll have to clean it later. — And how much more stuff in the rest of the blindage we have only reached the floor here. — You have, I haven’t. — And then we’ll have to put them back. — Oh! It’s sizzling! — Isn’t there by any chance another row of boxes in the wall? Just look at the prints. — I don’t know, I haven’t checked. I didn’t have time. — We wouldn’t be surprised. — Look how they are stuck to each other. And sizzling. — Is there a point in taking them out? — Of course there is. He can’t dig with them in there. — And besides, we should check everything in the ground around them and below. — Look, isn’t there lettering? — There were letterings on the previous boxes, they are on every box, but hardly visible, the boxes are dirty. — Oh, they are heavy. Something is gurgling. Like boiling. — It’s gurgling underneath — It’s pressure. He is removing pressure and the water must be sucked into the boxes. — Wow. — Let’s try the wooden ones. — It seems like there was a stockroom. The whole stockroom. There must be a mortar somewhere there. — Take it from underneath. — Yeah, I see. Look how pretty they are — Just put it on my arms. — Here, three of them. — Yeah, that’s it, take them up. — Nevermind, just heave it. Look, Andrey, it’s going to fall apart. Told you so. — We did everything we could. — It’s closed. — Ouch, there’s water in there. — Look, there are wooden boxes. — That’s it, we are going up. — Everything falls through the broken bottom. Put your hands underneath it. — Andrey, you’ll put your hands underneath too. We’ll need to wash it, maybe there are letterings — The piece of its bottom is still here. — Yeah, that’s what I’m saying. We’ll need light. — Three huge piles of boxes. Here are obviously mortar mines, here are also mines partially. We’ll see, maybe Germans put something else in there. — We need to open it somehow. Is there lettering? — Lettering? There is something here. — Some kind of a sign. — “On an industrial scale”.
— Unboxing. — Oh, look! Untouched, after seventy years. Additional straps are wrapped in paper that must be the latest version, from the time when Germans didn’t have much- And that’s the stick we have found there. — It’s not the one, the stick down here must be the one. — Well, yeah. — Very careful. — And the additional straps are covered with paper. Not with zinc. You can’t clean a lot. — No, I can’t. — But look, I can see the paint. Leave it. — I was sure they would be prettier. Look, thay are green. — And here is the lettering. — Aren’t those smoke mines?
— I don’t know. — No, the smoke mines are red — Do you need more water? — And the ordinary ones are green, with the number 3. — Valeriy, lay them in a row here. And put aside the additional straps, we’ll make a big fire later. — It’s gunpowder, guys, makes mortar mine fly farther. — Some paper stuck to it. — Leave it. — Let’s open the rest of the boxes. — The are all the same. — Is it upside down?
— No, it’s straight. — The roots has grown through. — See, the whole lid survived, that’s how it should open. On the previous box plywood just separated in layers, and here it didn’t. — The cube fell off, that’s all. — Yes. — The water is quite clean. The boxes are definetly untouched. Even the small roots have grown through them. — Since a long time ago — It’s a bouncing mine.
— Is it?
— Yeah. — Oh, really, look, prongs are sticking out. Guys, this is a bouncing 80 millimeters mortar mine. The point is — a mine lands, thrusts into the ground, a propelling charge activates a head falls off and launches the body of the mine on the height of a human body- — Here, the front part. — and explodes in flight to get as many people as possible. — You can see the numbers here.
— Yeah. — It’s nice and clean. — It’s the same. — Those seem to be zinc containers. Apparently they saved money with he previous ones. These will be in fabric. Pretty. Because they were in clean water. Stuck?
— Yeah. — Whoa.
— Whoa. — We need clean water, quick. 1939. Even the paper labels survived. — That’s because it is glued really well. No, water won’t do anything. — Moisture will get inside. — No, you are doing it wrong. — Here. — It’s dry, isn’t it? — It’s possible. — Where is your lighter? — We need to bring oxalic acid with us or domestos. — Why didn’t you? Huh? — Who knew? — So, first, we need to lift the handle — Yeah, move this thing here. — Just avoid touching the wood. So, it opens. Pour some water. — We need to get more water. — So, now, lift this, lower that. If I’m right… Oh, by the way, Valeriy, pour some water here. — And I’ll go get more water. — Do you see anything?
— No. — Try and open it. Stop pouring. It won’t work. — My goodness.
— That was unexpected — Look how smooth they are. And it is rust, on top. Look, look at the edges. Thin. — These things used to bring death. — Yes. — Mikhail is now trying- Wait, this thing abuts on the side, doesn’t it? — Doesn’t it?
— It shouldn’t, I bent it. — He is trying to loosen bracing. It’s giving in. — Yes, I see that. It was giving in since the very beginning, just slowly and faster with every second. — That’s all. — Just jerk it. Careful. Look at the oxides on the head
— Those are not oxides, it’s a paper stuck to it. They seem to be iron. — Steel, the latest version. Look, green numbers. Number 3? — Not only that. — Roman numeral — See the belt? It’s the first time I see such a thing. — Maybe it’s a gasket? — Maybe. — Maybe they didn’t match in lenght. — A paper is stuck here. — It’s from an additional strap. — I can’t get it off. — Look how thoughtful — the little containers are under the springs. They are sealed. — Valeriy, take one out, please. — Additional straps are from 1943. — Some mines are from 1939 and some are from 1943. — 19th of June 1943. Are you stuck?
— Yes! — I thought you were dancing. — It’s not too big. — I did it as quickly as I could. — My goodness, there are so many more rows. And you’ve reached floor already, right?
— Yes. — Wow.
— It’s so wet there. Oh, OK, let me get in your place. — Secure the bottom of the box. — The bottom! — I’m holding it. And be careful, water is leaking out. — Hold on for a second. It won’t come off. — Tug on the corner. Diagonally.
— It’s giving in. — He can’t do anything without me. Oh look, there is lettering. Water, we need water, quickly.
— Got it.
— Oh, there is another one. Don’t lift it. Bring a bottle.
— I can hold it.
— Let’s put it there. — No, it’s not heavy, I can hold it.
— Pour the water from this box on that one. — Take it.
— Yeah, I thought Mikhail could do it. — When you take out that box you can pour this water out of it on the next one. — Come on, put it here. Or will you hold it?
— Yeah, I will. I need to turn it over. Oh, yes, that’s it. I will turn it. — You sound like you are enjoying it.
— Well, it’s cool. — “Oh yes”. — We need more water. — Whoa, the letters are crearly visible. — The letterings didn’t survive on the previous boxes. I’m telling you, these boxes were conserved better. — Ah! It’s a box with hinges. — The previous ones must have been with hinges too.
— No. Boxes with hinges are constructed differently. — Guys, you are touching the history with us right now. — “W-34”
— Those boxes have been in here for seventy years — more even. Nobody has touched them. “Mun.” means “Munition”, “Gr.”, “W”- what was it? 34. — The mortar is just from 1934. — I can’t resist it, guys. Even hinges survived. — I’ve got it. — Is this box different? — It must be the same, hinges must have rotten in the previous box. — No, the previous boxes had perfectly square lids, Yuri. That’s for sure.
— I think they are the same. — We’ll get up and look.
— See, it’s a clasp. And his part must have fallen off. — This one is without hunges, isn’t it, Yuri? — Is this one different? Or the same? — Well, it’s something different. “8 centimeters”. “Munition”, actually it’s a lead paint. “Gr.W-34”. OK, that’s enough — We’ll open it when we get there, Yuri. — From the other side.
— You think?
— Yes. See, there are no hinges. — OK, we’ll close it for now. Look, there are corals. And more and more boxes are waiting for as. The deeper we go, the better the quality, the better they survived. — Enough. — And one more.
— What a stockhouse! — I thought it was the last, the bottom one, but it wasn’t. — Careful! Or we’re going to blow up. Is there something beneath it?
— Floor. — Floor, that’s it.
— Wooden floor, definetly. — This one is somehow different, I think. Look at it from here.
— Black. It’s dark here. We’ll look at it when we get to the surface. — Get it out, I’m giving you another one already. — Oh, look, pack of bullets. It survived perfectly. It must be in pouch.
— No, it’s just a pack.
— Or maybe even in a box. — We saw them lying on the boxes, do you remember, at the very beginning? In the very top. — I don’t. I remember that I saw them, in the different-
— No, the very first box I dug out, there were bullets. — There are more if you go further.
— No, there aren’t. — In the pit. See, the pit near the rack, there they are. — Got buried under dirt?
— Yes, I’m telling you. Well, it’s enough for now, let’s go to the surface. — Let’s go. — Guys, this is a footing plate from a mortar. Apparently it was on the surface. Yes, right on the ground. It costs 100$, without a doubt. — Who offers a bigger bid? — No, I won’t buy this. It was just forgotten the last time someone was here. Guys didn’t use to take such things. It’s a rare showpiece. We have found the plate, now we have to look for the mortar somewhere near. The plate of 80 millimeters- wait, is it 80 millimeters?
— Yeah, 80. 8 centimeters. — German mortar Turn it over again please. — The mortar must have been sold as scrap metal. — Cartridges found in the blindage for Gewehr 98 or MG machine gun. — Apparently we have found the lid of gunpowder. We are 99% certain. But it’s not in one piece, because, if I remember correctly, I didn’t put the whole thing in there. Misha, do you remember? Did I put the whole thing or is it another one? — It’s another one. — Or is it the one I put here before? Damn, I’ve said it online, I won’t be able to cut it out. — Mikhail, It’s gonna snap. — You know what now, bang- Yeah, it’s not the whole one. Bang it, bang it on this edge And it’ll be smooth. Turn it over. Yes, it’s not the whole one. It’s battered. Tell us what it is. It looks like some kind of rubber cord, like ones for carts. It’s stretchy.
— Is it expander? — I think it’s a hose for hydraulics or bicycle pump. — For motorcycles or something. Wait. Can you see these? — Are there marks?
— Yes. — Yes, it’s possible it is from a pump. “NW4 ARGUS” Interesting. Our subscribers will surely know what it is. And here is the same lettering. “NW4 ARGUS” It’s either pump or car hydraulics. Well it’s probably a pump, it’s rubber.
— It’s too flexible for hydraulics. — Yeah, it’s flimsy. — It’s an ax, guys. With a makeshift handle. Look at the shape.
— Yeah, quite handy. — I would say, ergonomic. We need to wash it. Can you imagine, this ax in a blindage? With a hand-made handle, wonderful. 1930, Soviet?
— Yeah. I think so. Or 1938. Maybe 1938. — Oh, it’s a sigarette lighter. A German sigerette lighter.
— Is it red? — It’s just copper or brass. — Red, for girls. — It’s a lighter, guys? Why is it on the roof of the blindage? — Look, it’s broken. Must’ve been thrown away. It looks like there is just a random pile of stuff — A pile of rubbish.
— And the ax is in there. — The mark says “oha” or maybe it’s “она” (she) in Russian. Yes, it was broken a long time ago. Well, maybe we’ll find the pieces somewhere there, it would be cool. No, we haven’t found them yet. I’m showing you the ax once again. It seems like it really was signed. There are some characters. The wood is nice. Misha, there is something else.
— There is a makeshift container, it’s bent. — Container? What for? — Well it’s makeshift. I don’t know. Look apparently it is cut and put on it. Yes, it’s a piece of a cartridge casing and a piece of a flare on top made into some kind of container. Should we try to open it? Looks like there was salt or something. Some kind of powder. Gazaev and his advice… In the end I still don’t know what was in here. I don’t see anything inside. Check out how huge our job is. And the blindage extends to here. And here must be the roof. Roof that caved in, and there is floor. Floorboards. And there is also floor. And they are chopping the tree down to take off this segment of ground. And Gazayev has already- have you reached the floor? — It’s only roof.
— You are still on the roof. And then we will walk on the floor. Look, guys, it’s a huge casing from a 76 millimeters projectile, torn apart. Maybe it’s 75 millimeters, but they are usually short. — Maybe it’s 80 millimeters?
— No. — Something awful happened to that casing. — They put it in a campfire — the bomb flew away and the tail is here. — We’ll follow the cord, it surely will lead us to the commanders’ blindage. — You think so? We need to follow the cord, look, guys, there is a red German cord it’ll lead right into the headquarters. I’m positive. Can you imagine, guys, this cartridge looks like it’s for the AK-47, but it’s not, it’s for the MKb.42 or the StG 44 — It’s very rare, caliber of 7.92×33. The number in-between. It’s called “Kurz”. The weapon is very rare as well as the cartridge itself. Here is the floor. German newspapers are covering the additional straps. Look. The gothic font. They used to write something in there. And here if you look closely, some information. Incomprehensible. Tree bark. Rounds of perfect quality. Shiny. Look, we’re gonna pick them out. I took this off, and what I saw — the whole pack of rounds. I’ve reached the most interesting spot. German propagandist pamphlet. — Look, guys, it’s a piece of a lid with “claro 50” written on it. — There must have been 50 sigars. — And I thought Clara was 50 years old.
— Who knows. — But it surely is something either Italian or French. — It must be French. You know, government provided cosmetics for the soldiers. — So that’s it guys, use Google. — They are gonna write it straight away. — Guys, I’ve found a 9×19 cartridge with a brass casing. At the very bottom of the blindage, under the floorboards. 1940. — They had a lot of- — Brass
— Yeah. — They have melted down Samson statue from the fountain in The Peterhof Palace. — What do you think of it, guys? It seems like half of the blindage is full of them.