Not just any bullets, which I’ve noticed you can find just about anywhere across the United States (this Canadian is still in awe at the relative ease of accessibility of weapons and ammo here). These are special bullets. They tell a story. One that happened before most of us were born.
In mid to late August, 1944, Canadian Major David Currie’s armoured battlegroup near St. Lambert-sur-Dives, France managed to repel attacking German forces with a final tally of approximately 2,000 German casualties.
In one tightly controlled corridor,the majority of the action resulted in a ton of casualties and incapacitated military equipment and vehicles. So much, in fact, that when I did a France Battlefield tour in 2007 (63 years later), we didn’t have to dig very deep to find artifacts from that very battle. The interesting thing about the bullets I found was that two were rather heavy, while another was significantly lighter. Our guide explained that due to the numerous explosions, one of the bullets was so hot that the lead leaked out of the casing.
What is the story behind these bullets? Are they strays that were simply fired downrange? Did they hit someone, or something? We will never know, but they hold a small piece of history in them that will remain forever encapsulated in these artifacts.
It is incredible to think of the remnants of war that stay for decades and generations after peace has been achieved.