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Russian Police Find Cache of Wartime Artillery Shells

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Russian law enforcement officials said Thursday that they have found over 1,000 World War II artillery shells near the southern Russian city of Volgograd.

MOSCOW, October 31 (RIA Novosti) – Russian law enforcement officials said Thursday that they have found over 1,000 World War II artillery shells near the southern Russian city of Volgograd.

The ammunition dump, unearthed during building work in the Kotelnikovsky district near the city, contains 1,119 shells of various sizes, according to a police statement.

Formerly known as Stalingrad, Volgograd and the surrounding area was the site of heavy fighting in 1942 and 1943 as the Soviet army checked the Nazi advance in one of the bloodiest battles of all time.

World War II era munitions and weapons regularly turn up in Russia when old battlefield sites are disturbed.

 

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