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UK Plumber Digs Up Nazi Camp In Garden

British plumber David Murray had a great escape of his own while digging his back garden. He unearthed an old prisoner-of-war camp with live ammunition and a hand grenade – which had to be blown
PTI September 08, 2010 12:24 IST
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British plumber David Murray had a great escape of his own while digging his back garden. He unearthed an old prisoner-of-war camp with live ammunition and a hand grenade – which had to be blown up by a bomb disposal unit after he had tried unscrewing the top, reports Mumbai Mirror.
 
The World War II camp once held 10,000 Nazi German soldiers and occupied fields now owned by his landlord in Much Hadham, Herts.

Plumber David, 39, was tending the garden of the bungalow he rents when he came across a dog tag from a German prisoner.

He got permission from his landlord to continue excavations and has so far discovered historic artefacts including old bottles, coins with Nazi emblems, 1930s perfume bottles, ammo for rifles and pistols – and the grenade.

He said: “I spotted the grenade in the ground and didn't realise what it was. I tried to defuse it a couple of times myself but I couldn't get the screws off the top. It's a good job because the RAF said it was very unstable.”

He added: “It's incredible to think that 70 years ago, 10,000 prisoners of war were walking around in my back garden.”

Half of the 40-acre Wynches Camp, which was also used for Allied training, was on land now belonging to his landlord.

David, who lives with brother Alec, 35, also a plumber, has so far excavated just one acre.

By the end of WWII, there were 400 PoW camps in Britain. Around 6,50,000 PoWs were held here when the war ended.