Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cache of WW II weapons recovered from creek

From Alabama, comes this story:
A road crew working in rural Alabama spotted a valuable collection of foreign military weapons dating to World War II that had been dumped in a creek, authorities said Monday.

David Hyche, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Birmingham, said workers saw something in a creek in Bibb County last Thursday. They called sheriff's deputies, who began pulling vintage weapons out of the water.

The haul included nine World War II-era weapons from Japan, Italy and Germany. There was a 50mm mortar, a 20mm cannon, two belt-fed machine guns and a Thompson machine gun made after the war.

"They were in pristine condition, no rust whatsoever. Some of them had magazines with them, but there was no ammunition," he said. "Most of the stuff works, but there are a couple that are missing parts." ...

Article here. Oh, the humanity! Just think of all those historic pieces thrown into the water to rust away. More war trophies probably exist in attics and basements across the nation. Unfortunately, due to gun control, these pieces of history won't see the light of day.

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