Wartime shells unearthed on moors

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THE Pennine hills around reservoirs to the north of Sheffield have been alive with the sound of exploding World War Two ammunition.

Heavy rain this year has uncovered numerous artillery and tank shells buried since the war when the moors above Langsett and Midhope were used for military training grounds.

Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team have been involved in operations to locate the shells and other munitions which have been dealt with by the Royal Logistics Corps in a series of controlled explosions.

Rainwater running over the former training ground and firing ranges has unearthed parts of old military vehicles, guns and tanks which had been buried in peat and overgrowth since the training grounds closed after the end of the war.

Ian Winterburn, of Deepcar, a member of the mountain rescue team, said: “Some of the shells had not exploded after being fired from tanks and artillery guns and some had been stored for use on the ranges.

“We think there are hundreds of these munitions still on the moors where they have been buried since the ranges closed after the war ended.

“Some of the shells are very unstable and people should not touch them but inform the police or mountain rescue team if they see any when walking on the moors and the Army will deal with them.”

Examples of the munitions that have been made safe and other military relics found on the moors will feature in an exhibition at Langsett Barn.

The display is taking place on the weekend of November 3 and 4 along with old wartime photographs which will showcase the military history of the area.