Influence on identification means

In this topic I want to to show what the influence was on Commonwealth means of Identication like the AB64 Army paybook (including documents and photographs), and dogtags when they have been in water (including Sea water) buried in the ground, and when dogtags were exposed to fire.

 

                                                                                                            FRESHWATER

I will start with freshwater, let me start by saying that it will be an indication as for example, I don't have a river current at hand, and also not the process of the decompossing that possible had also had influence.

On 17-09-2019 the items have been placed in the two chest pocket of a battledress on put in a pond with plants, I have made photographs of the items before and will take them out again around 28-09-2019, will have a look at the condition, photograph them and put them back in for another two weeks as soon on until it will impossible to take them out or read them, I suspect that the dogtags will less longer then the Army paybook, photograph and documents, but we have to wait and see.

17-09-2019


28-09-2019

We took the dogtags and the paybook out this afternoon, after 11 days in the water.

The dogtags were clean from being in the water,still good readable but were getting a little softer, and bendable.

The paybook, and document was still together, readable, as where the photographs although they are very fragile.

But as can been seen on the photographs the inkt was started running out. It was possible to very difficult to get the pages from each other. Next time when we taken them out it will be around weekend of 12/13 October.


18-10-2019

We took the dogtags and the paybook out this morning, after 31 days in the water.

The dogtags were clean from being in the water,still good readable but were getting a little softer, and bendable.(same as two weeks ag0)

However  the paybook, and document though still together, one can see that it is getting harder to read, one of the photographs is start to fall apart.The Battledress itself is smelling, and very sitff/rigid.

In open water circumstances/decompsing body I presume the paybook/photographs and documents will be gone with another 2 weeks time.

Next time when we taken them out it will be around weekend of 1/2 November.


                                                                                               SALT WATER

Have taken sand and water (5l) from Breskens beach and put this in a aquarium (28-09-2019) with a waterpump to keep up a short of flow, put 2 dogtags on a cord a put this in a shirt, will let it in the water for a week or 2 take it out and photograph the dogtags, probably will leave it in for month or even more. Will do the same progess after this but then with a paybook. Again as mention above it will be a indication.

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13-10-2019

We took the dogtags and shirt out this morning after 16 days in the water.

The dogtags were clean from being in the water,still good readable but were getting a little softer, and bendable.

If I would have bend them more they would have been broken in two.

From this and the above freshwater dogtags you can say that in circumstances of the decomposing body, moving around in the water,being maybe wet and dry by the sun and the body being bumping on to the bottom, rocks,etc,etc, the dogtags easily could have been broken up, or damaged making them unreadable.

 

Will taken them out within 2 weeks time around 26/27 October.