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The 'Pompeii' of the Western Front

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Chee-to, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Check out pictures at the link;

    Bodies of 21 German soldiers buried alive in WW1 trench found perfectly preserved 94 years later | Mail Online

    The 'Pompeii' of the Western Front: Archaeologists find the bodies of 21 tragic World War One German soldiers in perfectly preserved trenches where they were buried alive by an Allied shell

    Men were killed when a huge Allied shell exploded above the tunnel in eastern France in 1918, causing it to cave in
    Engineers find trench network 18ft beneath the surface near town of Carspach while excavating for a new road
    Scene likened to Pompeii after skeletal remains found in same positions the men had been in at the time of the collapse

    By Graham Smith

    Last updated at 6:37 PM on 10th February 2012

    The bodies of 21 German soldiers entombed in a perfectly preserved World War One shelter have been discovered 94 years after they were killed.

    The men were part of a larger group of 34 who were buried alive when a huge Allied shell exploded above the tunnel in 1918, causing it to cave in.

    Thirteen bodies were recovered from the underground shelter, but the remaining men had to be left under a mountain of mud as it was too dangerous to retrieve them.

    Nearly a century later, French archaeologists stumbled upon the mass grave on the former Western Front in eastern France during excavation work for a road building project.
     
  2. pdx lefty

    pdx lefty portland Active Member

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    Thanks for the post, chee-to! As a history addict, i can never get enough!

    Lefty.
     
  3. Kevatc

    Kevatc Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Very cool story. Terrible way to die.
     
  4. Buddhalux

    Buddhalux Hillsboro, Oregon Active Member

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    Rest in peace!
     
  5. CZ Fan

    CZ Fan Oregon Member

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    Thanks for sharing. Amazing that the trench network is so intact after all this time.


    Holy cow!
     
  6. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    Did they recover the rifles? And are the for sale?
     
  7. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Very interesting story - glad they're taking the time to study this site.

    The war to end all wars....
     
  8. rufus

    rufus State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    Wow, thanks.
     
  9. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    Nice read and some really cool pictures. That was a lot of digging to construct that trench.