Tony was an amateur archaeologist and metal detectorist when he unearthed a handful of Roman coins in 1987 some 20km north of Osnabrück, turning
German national history on its head.
At the time serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a lieutenant, he also uncovered three Roman slingshots near Kalkriese – the first indisputable evidence of military activity in the region.
Since then thousands of priceless artifacts have been found at the site where Varus’s legions were lost, which now boasts a state-of-the-art museum run by German National Heritage.
Where there’s normally live-firing in a place closed to the public, on Sunday, August 10, there was an air of tranquility.
The Senne Information Day saw people of all ages take the opportunity to visit after the entire 12,000-hectare area had been thoroughly searched beforehand for ammunition and duds.