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Fuzes for sale in Arras...


Matthew

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There is a small 'museum'in the Grand Place that sells all sorts of artifacts including, for 5 Euros, some bronze fuzes. They are clearly of British manufacture, about 2-3 inches long and the owner assures me (by sign language at least) that they are safe. Is this the case? I'm cautious about such things and, as we are flying back, I don't want to break the law by bringing a potentially explosive item back on the plane. One I saw had G2 and 16 marked on it.

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To be honest these days even if it has been guarenteed I still wouldn't take it on a plane, the aggravation and explanations even if accepted will possibly delay you. What sort of fuze would you be looking for?

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Could you post them back to you address ?

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Not looking for anything special just a small souvenire to bring back.

I think they are fairly weighty things and sending them in the post might be tricky!

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There is a small 'museum'in the Grand Place that sells all sorts of artifacts including, for 5 Euros, some bronze fuzes. They are clearly of British manufacture, about 2-3 inches long and the owner assures me (by sign language at least) that they are safe. Is this the case? I'm cautious about such things and, as we are flying back, I don't want to break the law by bringing a potentially explosive item back on the plane. One I saw had G2 and 16 marked on it.

The shop is Morange Candas & has been run for many years by Fabrice,who speaks good enough English to call us 'bullybeefs' & not the usual'rosbifs'.It's not a museum as such,just a place where dedicated French collectors show off their stuff.It changes regularly & is totally free as they are trying to get the dept./Mayors office to make the same effort that Ypres has done.Hard work as they don't get the WW1 tourists that the salient attracts,purely because of complacency & ignorance,in my mind.

If the man you saw had no English & was shortish & military looking,that was Major Maury.He fills in when the owners are on holls.

The fuzes are brass & you can get them most places but,they are not light,& ask Teddy from Ulster Towers what happens when you try to take anything through an airport gate,if it is of a war like nature.

PM John,gunner bailey on here.He has a shop that will offer you most things your looking for.

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