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Rob


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A selection from the past weekend;

 

 

Australian bunker built on top of a previous German bunker at Hill 60

 

 

Unknown bunker on the Caterpillar, Zillebeke

 

 

View of the 63 feet deep mine crater on the Caterpillar, Zillebeke

 

 

Essex Farm Advanced Dressing Station

 

 

Hooge Crater (actually a series of craters)

 

 

 

Hooge Crater trenches

 

 

Didn't go in all of them though....

 

 

 

Bunker at Hooge Crater

 

 

Trenches at Sanctuary Wood

 



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Great photos Thanks Rob

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Fascinating stuff. What was the bunker density there?

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There's a lot out there - I picked up a battlefield tourist map which includes notable bunkers (ie of a large size or easily accessible to the public) and there were dozens - and spotted at least two that weren't on the map by the side of the road. In Polygon Wood we found four and there's at least one other, Hill 60 had the complete one as soon and a couple of destroyed ones (think there was supposed to be another but didn't see it), the one on the Caterpillar as shown, I think three at Hooge Crater, and these were only a limited number of sites we visited owing to the weather and only being out there for 48 hours. Oh, and there's two small ones outside the Passchendaele 1917 museum at Zonnebeke, and the two at Tyne Cot cemetery (with another under the cross of sacrifice). I was surprised at how many there were, i'll have to pick up a book on the subject. Shame that no one, that i'm aware of, does a model of a WW1 bunker

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That section of preserved trenches looks just like the one which featured in "Dan Snow's Locomotion" tonight on BBC2; he was discussing the railways contribution to the war at the time. Certainly the section featured had corrugated walls and metal stanchions sticking up above the sides, so it may be the same location.

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Yep, the same spot, Sanctuary Wood Museum - shame about the programme, the Britain in WW1 segment seemed entirely to be WW2 (or at least post-1924) footage, the narrow gauge stuff seemed all to be of US troops and equipment, did spot one standard gauge which was possibly British, but definitely a French or Belgian locomotive (looked to be a late war 8 inch howitzer, but also a Latil Tar, so possibly US again)

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Cracking pictures. You're making me jealous.
I bet you had Belgian beer, too. (And the Flemish stew in the Klein Stadhuis on the market square is fantastic.)

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Plenty of Hoegarden in the B&B, we were staying on the battlefields nowhere near a town and I was driving so didn't drink except when back there - food wise most the places were shut, so ham and cheese sandwiches during the day and the Ypres burger bar at night saved the day

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Hi, here a pic taken by me..



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