The new six-part series of WW2 Treasure Hunters will be accompanied by a brand new one-hour special on the First World War titled: WW2 Treasure Hunters: WW1 Special to mark 100 years since the end of the Great War in 2018. The one hour special will launch the new series on HISTORY in the UK on Monday 12th November.
In the one-hour special, Suggs and Stephen excavate the site of a huge World War One transit camp at Morn Hill, outside Winchester, home to over two million troops, travelling from all over the Empire to the Western Front. They find an array of artefacts from 100 years ago, including: dog-tags from British and American soldiers – one of whom they track all the way to his living relative; iron heels from hobnail boots; cap badges and steel fixings for epaulettes from the 23rd London Regiment; Bayonets from Lee Enfield 303s (standard issue rifle); and many more intriguing artefacts such as a condom tin.
The second series will follow Suggs and Stephen Taylor as they bring forgotten stories of war back to life by unearthing artefacts from former military sites across the UK as well as France and Belgium.
Using state-of-the-art technology, original archives and maps, the pair will work with a team of experts to identify the best places to excavate; including former military bases, airfields and barracks. Once located, they then go on to perform extensive digs to unearth the findings.
As the items are unearthed, the presenters turn detective - revealing the stories and people behind the finds. They meet with survivors, experts and historians to understand what happened at each of the locations. Using the new discoveries, photographs, archive material, CGI and first person testimony, the new series will offer a new perspective on both the First and Second World Wars and the people it affected.