One thing we cannot say about yard work is that it is exciting. Usually, the only thing we can dig up from our yard is an old bone dug by our dog. The only exciting thing about that is if the dog starts fighting us for the bone.
But as it happens, things can turn exciting in a yard. At least, they can if you live in a place that was once part of Soviet Russia. There was a great deal of conflict there once and people took to hiding their stuff to keep them safe.
This is what happened to one man called Lukichev Dmitry. This guy was doing some yard work — technically he was trying to dig a hole to plan for his new outhouse. Thanks to this digging, Dmitry would find a gift from history.
It started when Dmitry was digging and he hit something hard. At first, the guy thought it was a rock. Digging a bit deeper, however, and with a bit of persistence, Dmitry learned that what he was hitting was no rock.
“The box was lifted to the surface,” Dmitry explained. “It was not very heavy, but judging by the sounds, there was something inside clattering, while the box was being pulled out of the hole.” The box was perfectly sealed and it needed tools to be pried open.
After carefully rummaging through the box, and with some help from historians, Dmitry learned that this box had belonged to a German soldier. The latter “was fighting on the Eastern Front during the 1940s.” Inside the box, there were a number of this soldier’s personal possessions.
The good condition of the wallet, and of the other objects in there, was thanks to the rubber seal of the box. This metal chest was perfectly sealed. This soldier knew what he was doing and he wanted to make sure the things were in good condition if he ever managed to come back for them.
Historians loved browsing through this chest. They even found money in the wallet and ID cards which proved these things belonged to a German soldier. When they analyzed the uniform, historians learned that this man must have been a doctor “in the German army’s Corps of Medicine.”
They even learned that this man “had the rank of Captain.” This soldier had equipped himself pretty well. The chest even had sweaters in there to help with the cold temperatures soldiers faced during the war. But there was even more.
This soldier had packed up a few entertaining titbits too. There were two boxes of cigars in the metal chest and two bottles of rum which were never enjoyed. I guess prolonged pleasure isn’t always the best idea, is it?