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Hello to all!

While not strictly vehicle related, I still have a question maybe of interest to the forum regarding the Battle of the Somme:

Behind the front line the Germany had a vast circular underground fortification near Thiepval which was created by General Franz von Soden. This helped many German soldiers survive the 7-day bombardment and was in part responsible for the heavy losses of the British infantry during the first day. Does anybody have more information on this underground fortification? I have seen the for the first time in a documentary on TV but am unable to get more information on it.

Any help or information is appreciated.

Thank you.



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An interesting drawing by David Kelsall which appeared in Michael Stedman's Battleground Europe title "Thiepval". The view is to the south east, across the Ancre, towards the Schwaben Redoubt. The vague impressions of the tunnel entrances remain in the bank along the road from St. Pierre Divion to Grandcourt.



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