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New Messines Bunker Complex Found

Discussion in 'Military History' started by GRW, Jul 2, 2020.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    German, I think.
    "Archaeologists have uncovered a huge World War One tunnel system where dozens of soldiers' remains are believed to be entombed.
    The underground bunker is located on a hill in Flanders in Belgium where the notorious Battle of Messines - where an estimated 59,562 soldiers were killed - took place in 1917.
    During the battle the British pummelled the German fortifications on the ridge with millions of shells.
    The bunker, which would have accommodated up to 300 troops, was discovered about 20ft below ground, a depth that would have made it shell-proof.
    But it is thought the artillery bombardment caused the timber-lined walls and ceilings around the entrances to collapse, burying the men inside alive.
    Archaeologists have so far uncovered four different entrances, each leading to a flight of 21 wooden steps.
    But the openings remain blocked by tonnes of earth from the war.
    Experts believe there are up to four more entrances to the network, which covers an area under a 400metre section on the main road through the village of Wijtschate.
    It is hoped that one of these will be accessible to allow them to safely enter the dug out or send in a remote camera.
    Historians have so far uncovered an array of 200 military and personal artefacts, that date back over 100 years."
  2. Class of '42

    Class of '42 Active Member

    Mar 18, 2020
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    With millions of artillery rounds being fired on the ridge..you would think there would be many unexploded shells buried as well.

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