Demining – hidden relics from the world wars
Demining - hidden relics from the world wars

In Austria and Gerany, millions of explosive bodies from World War I and II are still around: primitive projectiles from the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy, arsenals from the CIA, water mines from the Nazis and unexploded bombs and grenades from the allies. Right after the Nazis were defeated, humanitarian demining services were established in Germany and Austria to make the countries bomb-free and safe again - and as researchers estimate, they will continue to find tons of bombs for the next 300 years. We met Wolfgang Korner and Andreas Bednarek from the official Austrian Demining Service, they showed us what has been found in the last 65 years and described 23 concrete items: explosive bodies from every military force involved in World War I and II, some of them rotten, some of them in perfect shape.

Photographed for DATUM - SEITEN DER ZEIT.

Exercise Ammunition, German Reich, World War II.

Multiple Rocket Launcher, German Reich, World War II.

Drop Bomb, Austrian-Hungarian Empire, World War I.

Impact Missile, Austrian-Hungarian Empire, World War I.

Hand Grenade, Russia, World War II.

Multiple Rocket Launcher Missile, Russia, World War II.

Throwing Grenade, Russia, World War II.

Impact Missile, Austrian-Hungarian Empire, pre- World War I era.

Hand Grenade, Austrian-Hungarian Empire, World War I.

Hand Grenade, German Reich, World War II.

Hand Grenade, German Reich, World War II.

Hand Grenade, Poland, World War II.

Glass Grenade, German Reich, World War II.

TNT Pack, USA, World War II.

Fragmentation Bomb, France, World War II.

Rifle Grenade, Russia, World War II.

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