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English: Battlefield on Messines Ridge, Belgium, 1917. The landscape is dominated by broken off and stripped trees. The ground is very muddy and full of craters. The entrance and supports to a dugout are outlined in the middle of the picture.
The Battle of Messines Ridges (June 1917), commanded by General Plumer (1857-1932), was a successful relief of German pressure on the French Army. The British dug under the German trenches, and blew them up with TNT. A reporter for the 'Guardian' newspaper on 8th June 1917 states 'How many mines went up at once I do not exactly know, but it was nearly a score. Many of these mines were made over a year ago, and since then have lain under German feet undiscovered. In all I believe over 600 tons of explosives in twenty or so blasts were touched off along an arc of ten miles.'
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