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Geography[ edit ] Located in the small village of La Boisselle, the site lies south of the D Albert—Bapaume road and occupies a small area in the south-east of the village see photographs.
On 18 December, a French attack captured the village german glory hole at the west end of a German salient in La Boisselle. The site thus became part of the Western Fronta line that stretched from the North Sea gloy Switzerland and which remained essentially unchanged for most of the entire war. The wrecked tunnels were gradually re-opened, but about thirty bodies still lie in the tunnels beneath La Boisselle.
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The enormous crater at Lochnagar is just up on your right whilst a larger crater known as Y Sap was blown gloy across the main road a few hundred metres towards Bapaume. La Boisselle was german glory hole to fall in 20 minutes, but by the end of the first day of the battleneither La Boisselle nor Ovillers had been taken while the III Corps divisions had lost more than 11, casualties.
In fact the battered state of the ground at the Glory Hole had forced the British to go around it. Webmatters : La Boisselle, excavation at the Glory Hole La Boisselle The Glory Hole Archaeological Site Visitors to the Tyneside Seat Memorial may well have remarked in parking their vehicles that just on the right, fenced off and on private property the field is a clutter of undergrowth and holes in the ground.
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Once it was known that an enemy tunnel was in place a camouflet or counter-mine would be set off so as to collapse it, burying the enemy tunnellers. From the right-hand gallery the sounds of German digging grew steadily louder.
To assist the attack on the village, two further mines, known as Grman Sap and Lochnagar after the trenches from which they were dug, were placed to the north-east and the south-east of La Boisselle. The two trench systems on the 1st July were in proximity to each other german glory hole in preparation for the coming offensive British Engineers had been hard at work on mining the German line.
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Barton estimates that over British and French miners died in the underground fighting on the site. In the case of the Glory Hole the trenches and shafts are as near intact as the researchers could dream of. The tunnelling companies were to make two major contributions to the Allied preparations for the battle by placing 19 large and small mines beneath the German positions along the front line and by preparing holee series of shallow Russian saps from the British front line into no man's landwhich would be opened at Zero Hour and allow the infantry to attack the German positions from a comparatively short distance.
By the time german glory hole British arrived in the autumn of the area was already a landscape of craters.
At Mash Valley, the attackers lost 5, men before noon, and at Sausage Valley near the crater of the Lochnagar mine, there were over 6, casualties — the highest concentration on the entire battlefield. The British attack on the ruins of La Boisselle on 1 July turned into a disaster: Despite their colossal size, the Lochnagar and Y Sap mines failed to help sufficiently neutralise the German defences in the village, and the German troops german glory hole deep shelters that withstood the British artillery fire.
The farm was later rebuilt and expanded before the First World War;  it was a place of armed struggle during the first war on surface trenches and in depth with mining galeries and mines explosions opposing french then British troops against German troops. That hole was later filled in and Lochnagar was only saved by the purchase of the land by Richard Dunning. After removal of bushes and undergrowth, excavations revealed that the site still holds traces of trenches, shelters and extensive tunnels related to underground warfare.
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Over thirty tunnellers British and French are known to have been buried by underground explosions as engineers tried german glory hole outwit each other, their lives fraught with tension as they burrowed towards the enemy, ever wondering if at any moment they might be ambushed in the dark. At p. In the owners of the land, the Lajeune family agreed to allow archaeologists access to the site.
Fowke sent the th and rd Tunnelling Companies into the area, but at first the British did not have enough miners to take over the large of French shafts; the problem was temporarily solved when the French agreed to leave their engineers at work for several weeks.
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History[ edit ] La Boisselle is a settlement dating back to pre-Roman times. For grrman more days both sides detonated mines and conducted artillery bombardments, which often prevented infantry attacks. The terrain was never modified after WW1. The work of german glory hole the ground will begin in and is likely to take many years to reveal all of its secrets.
After the Battle of Bapaume during the Franco-Prussian War —the village suffered serious damage.
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The French began digging under the German lines towards the end of and with neither side capable gpory breaking the line of the other, the war as was often the case: Vimy; Vauquois went underground. Both the right and left tunnels were collapsed, and it was later found that the German blow had detonated the British german glory hole. Some photos from a visit on 1st July Click on the thumbnail for a larger version.
In Octoberthe th Tunnelling Company began to sink a series of deep shafts in an attempt gory forestall German miners who were approaching beneath the British front line. The next day, the British gradually managed to drive the German units from La Boisselle, which was fully in Allied hands by 6 July. The deeply-cratered ground was left to the elements and the site gradually overgrew with grass and hold, thus preserving many wartime features of this former sector of the front line.
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To provide the tunnellers needed on the Somme front, the British formed the th and th Tunnelling Companies german glory hole Augustfollowed by the th and nd Tunnelling Companies in October. At W Shaft they went down from 9. This was known to the British as the Glory Hole and was the scene of an underground battle by both sides from the g,ory days of the war.
The Glory Hole is of enormous interest because it was left pretty much as it was after the war as the ground was useless for agricultural use. It shows several herman craters and a mining galerie. This was completed by midnight from 20—21 November. The French had sapped forward for several weeks and a shortage of artillery ammunition had left the Germans unable to stop the French progress. Geography[ edit ] Located in the small village of La Boisselle, the site lies south of the D Albert—Bapaume road and occupies a small area in the south-east of the village see photographs.