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I found some ammo, which I think is from World War II.

The cartridges are stamped WRA 42 and DEN 42.

I do not know what the big piece is. It has a stamp: N2117 III

Does anyone know what the big piece is?

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From the cartridge stamps, I'd say most likely you have cartridges from Winchester Repeating Arms and Denver Ordinance, both likely manufactured in 1942.

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According to the linked forum discussion, the 42 is not the caliber - it is the year of manufacture. Judging by the dimensions they look like .50 caliber rounds. .42 caliber would have been an extremely rare round in Europe in WWII. –  Comintern May 29 at 22:43
    
@Comintern - So it does. Fixed. –  T.E.D. May 30 at 1:55
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@Comintern: No way that's even near .50 caliber. That ruler is metric, which puts the cartridges more in the .308 ballpark. –  DevSolar Jun 1 at 6:43
    
@DevSolar: Right you are - for some reason I was thinking the ruler was in inches. –  Comintern Jun 1 at 14:10
    
@Comintern if it were in inches, they'd be 1" bullets, 25mm... That's a small canon, AA most likely. At 1cm, they're .306 or .308 which would be typical rifle ammo at the time. –  jwenting Jun 30 at 7:18

Looks like a fragment of an exploded mine, maybe an S-type? At the end of the war sometimes they would pile up ammo and mines into a big heap then detonate the mines all at once in an effort to destroy everything.

If you can find the center of the dump explosion, you may be able to recover a lot more stuff. Look for a crater.

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