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Anti-tank shell found at Rufford Abbey

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Tip of a WWII anti-tank shell was found during remedial works at Bluebell Wood, Rufford Abbey.

The Rufford Abbey estate was requisitioned by the Army in 1939 and became home to the Leicestershire Yeomanry, 6th Cavalry Brigade.

During WWII, around 20 huts were constructed, which were later used for housing Italian prisoners of war.

Current works have uncovered evidence of Rufford Abbey’s use as a training ground by troops and armoured military units.

These incidents are not unusual for sites all across the country that were requisitioned by the armed forces in preparation for Britain’s role in wartime.

It is known today that the “housekeeping” of soldiers was often not up to scratch, with items of live ammunition becoming lost, buried, discarded or hidden around sites just like this. 

Today, items of ordnance related to sites like these are occasionally encountered by members of the public, ground workers and those within the construction industry all across the British countryside.

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