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WW1's tunnels of Death

Discussion in 'Military History' started by GRW, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

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    Thanks, Gordon - I didn't know, and I shall be looking out for this ! :cool:
     
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    [TD]There is a Australian movie about an Australian mining engineer (Army captain) involved in the tunneling operations which faciliated a major allied victory in the trenches. It is available on Netflix




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    The extraordinary true story of Oliver Woodward. It's 1916 and Woodward must tear himself from his new young love to go to the mud and carnage of the Western Front...
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    Well, the first episode was good. They uncovered a well-preserved German communications trench in advance of the utilities squad who were laying a new water main, then uncovered a German first-line trench, both complete with duckboards and wattle supports for the walls. The main trench even had a section which had been destroyed by shellfire, complete with surviving nosecone of the shell lurking underneath the wreckage.
    This week they'll be moving on to excavate the actual tunnels, and will be exploring a German shaft.
     
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    It certainly lived up to expectations. They uncovered an unknown German trench complete with concrete bunker, and a locker full of live stick grenades. Also found was an unknown light railway tunnel connected to the trench.
    At Petite Douve farm, a wartime strongpoint, they sent a camera down a counter-mining shaft dug by the Germans to kill British miners. This resulted in the only one of the British mines to be lost, and there it remains still-
    Farmer who is sitting on a bomb - Telegraph
    All-in-all, a very interesting series.
     
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    Wow incredible stuff and excellent article!

    I hate confined spaces and just can't imagine the bravery on both sides to fight in such a fashion - they all deserve VCs
     
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    Good to know our friend Paul is doing such great work in the tunnels !
     
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