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bodies of 21 german soldiers buried alive found

Article about: Excellent writeup on this dig-terrible circumstances, but it looks like the French are doing a good job with sound science and the dignity this deserves. I saw on the French archaeology pare

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    Good grief, what a horrific death. As Nick said, may they rest in peace. Thanks for the link Matt.

    Jay

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    My grandpa was a volunteer at 17 years old during WW1. I remember his war stories and the life he spent in the trenches around here. I've collected many fragments of grenades and bombs during my field trips, some quite small others large enough to rip your head or a limb off. Not that dying like that would be nice but at least probably quicker. Buried alive? That must have been a nightmare. Here soldiers dug with explosives long caverns in the rock to protect themselves by shelling. It happened here too and it is beyond my imagination.
    Regards

    Matt

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    One can only imagine the horror that went through their minds. A truly terrible way to die, not that any one method is better than the next, but as Matt said, not something I would ever want to experience.
    The only consolation is that now they will be properly laid to rest , as previously stated.
    Tom

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    Great read. Extremely interesting.

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    It's good that they have all been identified and will be properly buried at last.

    I find it very odd that there were some 'unidentified military items' in a
    couple of the photos ( leather ammo pouch and shovel cover, and the
    coin purse/wallet already mentioned ). Weren't there any of these
    'archaeologists' around at the time for the reporters to ask ?
    Even I knew what these common items were.........!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Got to say as well the excavation work looks very good !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    The steel is not such a perfect, due there is acid balanced ground. But all aluminum, brass, wood, leather, and paper will preserve perfectly, but unfortunately not a steel.
    I wish to see the condition of a Luger from this hoster.
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    That is allways good when some of that kind of works sponsored by goverment
    Thank you Matt for interesting link!
    Regards,
    Dimas

    my Skype: warrelics

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    Amazing report. Nice to see that the excavation is being conducted sympathetically.
    "You will never know the whole truth" ~ Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski

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    Great link. Sad, but at the same time kudos to the excavating teams. The care
    they took is fanastic and it's something well worth preserving. Someone lobby for the road
    to be built around it!

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    It's alittle uncouth, but if you're destined to die in battle, an expert sniper at 1000 yards is no doubt the way to go.

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