As a forester, this is interesting to me. I suspect this photo was made in northern Europe based on the tree species identification. I will probably be correct, or close to correct, to say that this is WWII era.
These pictures came across Reddit the other day, and they are quite neat. The helmet pics are confusing, from a practical stand point. Trees grow from the top, so it seems like the helmets had holes in them, and ended up on top of young trees, which then grew around them. The Maxim is beyond strange. Thanks for the post.
I had this friend (may God have his soul) that once proposed to give me a cigar box full of schrapnel that came out of the trees of the Bulge area and his uncle (the saw mill owner) had to install some sort of metal detector to safe his saw blades. I had the stupidity to refuse that free offer. Not for myself but the loss of things that may have been interesting to collectors. I may have become somewhat wiser but realize that the "finds" of yesteryear are becoming rather rare. I'm not one of you collectors ... but, more and more, can understand what drives you.
While in the military, I had been metal detecting in an area in the woods near the town of Bausendorf, W. Germany where I was staying. One day, it finally dawned on me to check the older trees around the craters. The trees were full of shrapnel at ground level and a couple of feet above. I didn't try to remove any of it, but it was interesting to note that it was there. Mike
If metal detecting was not allowed where I was at, I didn't know about it. I bought my metal detector at Spangdahlem, AFB for about $40. I actually found several german anti-personell mines while digging. I still wonder about how lucky I was...about not getting blown-up. You would have had to drag me away kicking and screaming I was having so much fun finding stuff. Mike