TIL in Belgium and France, Farmers still recover tens of thousands of unexploded shells and ordinance From WW1 that get pushed up by normal ground shifting (frost thrust, etc) and plowed up in farming fields. They call it “The Iron Harvest”. They expect this to continue for hundreds of years.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_harvest

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  1. The Canadian tv series “For King and Country” had a historian go to the battle sites Canadians fought in in World War I, and he would walk through farmers’ fields that had been trenches back in the war. The amount of military debris (mostly non-explosive) he would find just lying on top of the ground after ploughing was astounding. Buttons, badges, remnants of webbing, etc. are all over the place.

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