Fun Facebook Group: The Ghosts of the Eastern Front

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Attention history and antique gun buffs, this group may be one for you. The Ghosts of the Eastern Front is a Facebook group dedicated to the Russo-German conflict within the Second World War. The group features, photos, videos, and stories from the deadliest front.

Recently, photos have been popping up in earnest over firearms, militaria, and explosives still being found today. Given the amount of men and machines from the front, I would propose it would be entirely possible that we could never find all the buried munitions and equipment.

Hit the link here or click on the photo to visit the group. If they share your interests and passion, join them and share yours with them. 

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Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • John Doe

    If I had grown up in that area, I wouldn’t have had any appendages by age 12.

    • jcitizen

      Exactly what I was thinking – and that still wouldn’t have stopped me!

  • Tahoe

    Looking through the photos posted by that group, I suspect there are more than a few neo-Nazis and skinheads in the group. 95% of the gear shown is Nazi memorabilia, and lots of large collections, not just a piece or two.

    • Sgt. Stedenko

      Godwin’s Law.
      Enough with the Nazi fear mongering.

      • Wolfgar

        I second the motion. I had an uncle killed at Anzio “American”, I have Mixed race heritage including Jewish blood but have been accused of being a Nazi when discussing WW2 history. Please leave the PC history and politics at home.

        • Zebra Dun

          I have denounced myself as a NAZI before!

      • Tahoe

        That’s not how Godwin’s Law works, but nice try.

        • Sgt. Stedenko

          It’s called jumping the shark, you schmuck.

          • Zebra Dun

            A. K. A. jumping the schmuck.

    • mikee

      Looks like the Finnish/Russian Front?

    • There are a lot of Nazi-aesthetic loving people or even straight nationalists and racists throughout that scene, yes. But the fact that they’re collecting it doesn’t always prove that. For one, Nazi memorabilia is just more varied, interesting… and profitable. So there’s that.

    • Zebra Dun

      The NAZI was in retreat and dropped lots of stuff, the Soviets were in attack and did not.
      As good a theory as any LOL

      • iksnilol

        + the nazi stuff does look cool. Sure, I don’t like the SS but I can admit that their coats look very sharp.

        • jcitizen

          They had a nack for that in everything they did – that is how they suckered so many into the fold. When I was a kid, even I got stupid that way – much to his credit, my Dad didn’t interfere, as he knew I’d wake up. Dad felt guilty for every enemy he killed in WW2.

          I’d be a rabid Nazi collector to this day, but I learned early in life that collecting in any interest area is a form of insanity – or at least it drove me practically insane as a kid!

  • Robert Harper

    $50 says that PPSH-41 will still work with a little lube!

    • iksnilol

      Some steel wool, rust remover and WD-40 and you could get it running again. The bore is probably hell at this point, though.

      • Robert Harper

        Replacement barrels should be easy to come by, or scoop up a reproduction German 9mm kit! (Barrel and mag adaptor)

      • RICH

        WD-40 will make ‘anything’ work ! ! !

    • John Doe

      I’ll venture to guess that there is very little difference in accuracy between a 1943 new production PPSH barrel, and a corroded beyond repair 2015 PPSH barrel.

      • Why?

        • iksnilol

          “Russian guns so inaccurate , hurr durr.”

          Or a joke, I don’t know. Quite ironic since the 7.62×25 smgs are known for very high accuracy compared to other SMGs.

          • Secundius

            @ iksnilol.

            Unless your the “Village Idiot”, a 7.62×25 PPSh-41 with a 71-round magazine and a cyclic rate of fire of over 900rpm. It would be “VIRTUALLY” Impossible NOT to hit anything at 50-meter ranges. Even if you’re ARE “Just Relocating the Soil”…

          • iksnilol

            That’s true, but I was thinking of the SMG tests that were done in Yugoslavia after WW2. They found that the 7.62×25 SMGs were more accurate in 5 and 10 round burts at distances up to 200 meters (of course the 9mm SMGs didn’t even have a chance at that distance). I can’t seem to find the test results now.

    • Taofledermaus

      Just a few dabs of FireClean and it will return it to showroom condition AND cure everything from a broken leg to a broken contract.

    • Phillip Cooper

      Throw it in vinegar and come back in a week. Douse it in lube and it’ll run as well as ever.

  • iksnilol

    Small tip: if you find an UXO; call the authorities. At least don’t stand right next to it and take a picture.

    • guest

      Bad tip, as it is counter-productuve to the already badly idiot-infested gene pool.

      • jcitizen

        How is that bad? My German cousin says many farmers still get killed by WW2 bombs and mines to this day. The statistics are staggering when you look at them. And here it is over 50 years later!

  • Very interesting video

  • Zebra Dun

    Reminds me of the Zone Rouge in France.
    No admittance due to UXB, weapons and bodies.

  • jcitizen

    Very thought provoking! I wished National Geographic would pick up on something like this! It is good to recover the dead and honor them as best as possible. I have no judgement for those that want to make a living selling artifacts – I feel no one has a right to judge anyone.

    You can tell there are some digger relics showing up on eBay, although I doubt the seller did any of the dirty work.

  • NCJohn

    i flipped through the pages, seems like more than one grave site being dug up. I doubt the proper authorities are being notified which in that case makes it grave robbing. Also UXO is nothing to mess with, when I was a kid in Luzon outside of Manila several children were killed and insured by WWII munitions found in the jungle, but I did see a lot of cool and creepy relics and human remains.

  • Rocketman

    I remember seeing a documentary about Guadalcanal several years ago where they showed how much unexploded ordinance and weapons were lying around after over 70 years. They even went into a small cave and found the skeleton of a Japanese soldier who was sitting upright on a rock and his rusted Arsaki rifle was still in his lap.