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Old February 10th, 2012, 12:46 PM   #1

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Well Preserved WW1 Trench Found!


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

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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.

Many of the skeletal remains were found in the same positions the men had been in at the time of the collapse, prompting experts to liken the scene to Pompeii.
A number of the soldiers were discovered sitting upright on a bench, one was lying in his bed and another was in the foetal position having been thrown down a flight of stairs.

As well as the bodies, poignant personal effects such as boots, helmets, weapons, wine bottles, spectacles, wallets, pipes, cigarette cases and pocket books were also found.
Even the skeleton of a goat was found, assumed to be a source of fresh milk for the soldiers.

Archaeologists believe the items have been so well-preserved because hardly any air, water or lights had penetrated the trench.
The 300ft-long tunnel was located 18ft beneath the surface near the small town of Carspach in the Alsace region of France.

Michael Landolt, the archaeologist leading the dig, said: 'It's a bit like Pompeii. Everything collapsed in seconds and is just the way it was at the time.
'Here, as in Pompeii, we found the bodies as they were at the moment of their death. Some of the men were found in sitting positions on a bench, others lying down. One was projected down a flight of wooden stairs and was found in a foetal position.

'The collapsed shelter was filled with soil. The items were very well-preserved because of the absence of air and light and water.

'Metal objects were rusty, wood was in good condition and we found some pages of newspapers that were still readable. Leather was in good condition as well, still supple.

'The items will be taken to a laboratory, cleaned and examined.'


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Old February 10th, 2012, 02:50 PM   #2

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seeing this gives me the goosebumps,
Let's hope people will never have to live in the conditions of the western front of world war 1.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 02:54 PM   #3

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My great uncle got trench fever and tuberculosis from the World War. Those men were hopefully spared agony in death... May they rest in peace.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 02:57 PM   #4

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I noticed Okamido posted about this in the Archaeology thread, thansk for the extra info and pictures. Amazing to find the men that were buried in the trench and compar eit to Pompeii. I have recently been learning about the battle of Verdun and many of the French also became buried in the trenches by the German artillery fire, sad to think about those terrible conditions that thousands of these men suffered.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 03:13 PM   #5

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Old February 10th, 2012, 03:19 PM   #6

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Absolutely fascinating...and the more tragic when they discover the identities of the soldiers.
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What a horrible way to go...I agree though, brilliant discovery.
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Thanks EoR and Okamido!
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Amazing. Worth a History Channel documentary.
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Great find. RIP to the soldiers.
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