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Archaeologists find the bodies of 21 tragic World War One German soldiers...
DailyMail ^ | 10th February 2012 | Graham Smith

Posted on 02/10/2012 7:53:15 PM PST by Daffynition

Abbreviated title: The 'Pompeii' of the Western Front: Archaeologists find the bodies of 21 tragic World War One German soldiers in perfectly preserved trenches where they were buried alive by an Allied shell

The bodies of 21 German soldiers entombed in a perfectly preserved World War One shelter have been discovered 94 years after they were killed.

The men were part of a larger group of 34 who were buried alive when a huge Allied shell exploded above the tunnel in 1918, causing it to cave in.

Thirteen bodies were recovered from the underground shelter, but the remaining men had to be left under a mountain of mud as it was too dangerous to retrieve them.

Nearly a century later, French archaeologists stumbled upon the mass grave on the former Western Front in eastern France during excavation work for a road building project.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; ww1; wwi
Lots of PIX for those so inclined.


1 posted on 02/10/2012 7:53:21 PM PST by Daffynition
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To: SunkenCiv

Not sure I would necessarily call their deaths *tragic.*


2 posted on 02/10/2012 7:55:05 PM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

Wow! If the bodies are so well preserved, they can recoup their DNA and create..um..new, identical German soldiers.


3 posted on 02/10/2012 8:00:09 PM PST by Krankor (It's time you started thinking inside your head, that you should you stand up and fight.)
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To: Daffynition

Thanks for sharing.


4 posted on 02/10/2012 8:00:26 PM PST by VicVega (tagline is MIA)
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To: Daffynition

It was tragic because Cpl. Hitler was not one of them.


5 posted on 02/10/2012 8:03:51 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: Daffynition

Very interesting find. Whatever the explosive was that did the instant burial in the first place, it was big and effective.


6 posted on 02/10/2012 8:04:48 PM PST by lurk
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To: Krankor
According to the newest Fox News poll, if the election were held today 0bama would beat everyone of the Republican candidates

Better read it again. They didn't say the bodies were preserved, they said the trenches are perfectly preserved.

7 posted on 02/10/2012 8:05:37 PM PST by calex59
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To: Krankor

Oops, had the wrong quote on the last comment!


8 posted on 02/10/2012 8:08:44 PM PST by calex59
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To: calex59

Hey! They seem like nice guys and I just want to bring them ...or at least...a reasonable facsimile of them back.


9 posted on 02/10/2012 8:09:28 PM PST by Krankor (It's time you started thinking inside your head, that you should you stand up and fight.)
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To: Krankor
I'm sure they were regular chaps. If they were still alive, I'd buy them a beer...and they'd be so grateful, they'd invite us to a nice dinner.


10 posted on 02/10/2012 8:14:01 PM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

I’d say it was tragic for them. But war is hell.


11 posted on 02/10/2012 8:22:16 PM PST by rfreedom4u (Just because someone thinks it's a good idea doesn't make it legal.)
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To: Daffynition

SO WHAT? GLAD TO HEAR THEY DIDN’T MAKE IT - ONLY TO KILL OUR FREEDOM FIGHTERS!!!


12 posted on 02/10/2012 8:22:24 PM PST by demkicker (My passion for freedom is stronger than that of Democrats whose obsession is to enslave me.)
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To: Daffynition

SO WHAT? GLAD TO HEAR THEY DIDN’T MAKE IT - ONLY TO KILL OUR FREEDOM FIGHTERS!!!


13 posted on 02/10/2012 8:22:32 PM PST by demkicker (My passion for freedom is stronger than that of Democrats whose obsession is to enslave me.)
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To: Daffynition

You know, there’s always some snooty person on every thread who’s itching to put down a good rat dinner. Well, from what I understand, if you dust them off a bit, beat them against a rock and maybe hold them under a faucet for a while, they’re actually quite good.


14 posted on 02/10/2012 8:27:47 PM PST by Krankor (It's time you started thinking inside your head, that you should you stand up and fight.)
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To: Krankor

And don’t forget the ketchup....


15 posted on 02/10/2012 8:34:55 PM PST by Eepsy
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To: lurk
Tranchée des Baïonnettes
Trenches of the Bayonets

On 12 June 1916 two companies of the 137th Infantry Regiment of the French army were sheltering in their tranchées (trenches), baïonnettes (bayonets) fixed, waiting for a ferocious artillery bombardment to end. It never did – the incoming shells covered their positions with mud and debris, burying them alive. They weren’t found until three years later, when someone spotted several hundred bayonet tips sticking out of the ground. The victims were left where they died, their bayonets still poking through the soil.


16 posted on 02/10/2012 8:35:59 PM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Eepsy

You Philistine! It’s mustard!


17 posted on 02/10/2012 8:37:38 PM PST by Krankor (It's time you started thinking inside your head, that you should you stand up and fight.)
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To: demkicker

This war was probably the worst, dumbest, most asinine war in modern history. The Germans really had no reason to fight, and certainly the Americans didn’t. Socialist Wilson was just itching to get into it.


18 posted on 02/10/2012 8:45:32 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Krankor
Correct. A mustard based sauce chasseur, a Cotes du Rhone, and a green salad.

/johnny

19 posted on 02/10/2012 8:45:41 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: demkicker
While appropriate to appreciate that the bastards died, and our guys didn't, it was also appropriate during that era to render military honors to fallen enemies.

Baron Von Richtofen was buried by Allied forces, with 6 Allied Captains serving as pall-bearers.

/johnny

20 posted on 02/10/2012 8:54:11 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

What about some Rattatatouile?


21 posted on 02/10/2012 8:54:11 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
Depends on what fresh veg is available. ;)

/johnny

22 posted on 02/10/2012 8:57:54 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

I read a story that said the catholic church was pissed at kiaser Willie and vowed to remove him


23 posted on 02/10/2012 8:58:48 PM PST by South Dakota (shut up and drill)
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To: Krankor
Conundrum: Do you serve a fruity white or a robust red?


24 posted on 02/10/2012 9:00:10 PM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

bRATwurst?


25 posted on 02/10/2012 9:00:10 PM PST by FishinTX (Barak Obama HATES you.)
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To: Hurtgen; zot

WWI ping


26 posted on 02/10/2012 9:02:17 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Let’s just say everyone was a victim of overweening familial protocols of the very powerful rulers.

After all - why is anyone involved in this travesty outside Austria-Hungary and a few Serbs? Think about it. This war was asinine, and honestly no regular WWI soldier should have so much venom directed at him.

Anyone ever hear of the 1914 Christmas celebration? Before you harshly deride the German “enemies”, learn a bit about this affair, not to mention the whole damned war.


27 posted on 02/10/2012 9:06:12 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
I agree with you that the war was asinine, and shouldn't have happened.

And I wasn't deriding the German soldiers. I was being supportive of rendering them due military honors.

But anyone we fight against is a bastard. English in 1776, Mexico in 1846, Germans in 1918, and again in 1941. &ct... ;)

/johnny

28 posted on 02/10/2012 9:11:29 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Daffynition
Hearty red is recommended for game. ;)

/johnny

29 posted on 02/10/2012 9:12:49 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

We joke...but thinking about the barbaric conditions these/all combatants had to endure, overwhelms.

Cheers!


30 posted on 02/10/2012 9:18:01 PM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. This is an interesting find, and the photos are very good.


31 posted on 02/10/2012 9:24:00 PM PST by zot
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To: JRandomFreeper

I was in HS when I read *Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front.* It moved me deeply.


32 posted on 02/10/2012 9:24:26 PM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition
Yep. But they joked, too, and bitched and griped.

My neighbor's father was an American that served in WWI, married a french girl and stayed in France until he and the family escaped to Texas toward the end of WWII.

He tells the stories that his father told him about WWI. The gas, the horror. And the funny stuff, too.

He also tells the stories of his experiences during WWII as a young man in France.

War Sucks. No two ways around it.

BTW, I really shouldn't be giving sommelier advice. I just had the basics in culinary school. I'm better at giving zymurgy advice.

With rat, I would select a dark bock.

/johnny

33 posted on 02/10/2012 9:29:02 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
I'm not messin' with you about any thing culinary again, my FRiend. You really shot me down the other day!

War does suck.


34 posted on 02/10/2012 9:36:32 PM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

Well, they would of been dead by now anyway!


35 posted on 02/10/2012 9:43:46 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Daffynition

Or else, they might have reproduced and burden the world with even more of those troublesome British royals!


36 posted on 02/10/2012 9:46:56 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Rats, lice, dysentery, trench foot. Dead from any number of diseases.


37 posted on 02/10/2012 10:03:20 PM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Or crafted more artifacts.


38 posted on 02/10/2012 10:04:23 PM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

Did they have “Arbeit macht frei” posted over the Juden portion of the trenches?


39 posted on 02/10/2012 10:12:05 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (How ironic that Ann Coulter should write a book called Treason.)
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To: Daffynition

Revolting bunch of comments by my fellow FReepers on this one. They were fighting men who died honorably for their country almost a century ago, and they deserve much more than what I have seen here. They were not savage Muslim Jihadis.


40 posted on 02/11/2012 4:54:47 AM PST by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: calex59

Oddly, your quote made perfect sense to me. ;’)


41 posted on 02/11/2012 7:35:45 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Daffynition

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Daffynition.
Not sure I would necessarily call their deaths *tragic.*
They had loved ones, maybe were old enough and motivated enough to have left behind children.

Just an add, not a ping.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


42 posted on 02/11/2012 7:35:45 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Daffynition

Tragic....it’s the consequence of war, nothing unexpected about it.


43 posted on 02/11/2012 4:26:21 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: Daffynition
They should of listened to the hippies!


44 posted on 02/11/2012 4:32:22 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Daffynition

On Feb. 4th, a British woman named Florence Green passed away in England at the age of 110. She had been the last known surviving veteran of World War One. All are gone now.


45 posted on 02/11/2012 4:39:39 PM PST by GreenHornet
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