Skip to comments.Inside the amazing cave city that housed 25,000 Allied troops under German noses in WWI
Posted on 03/15/2008 9:11:29 AM PDT by Stoat
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Note: this topic is from 3/15/2008. A re-ping. The work began at medieval quarries. Thanks BenLurkin.
It’s possible my great-uncle was there. He was shot while crossing the Arras-Cambrai Road near the village of Dury on September 2, 1918, and died on the 10th. He was with the 38th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, and is buried in a British Military Cemetery near Boulogne.
Thanks for bringing this back!
Pretty sure I saw it back then, too. It's amazing how the men on the front lines lived on the Western Front.
An accidental war that just served as a prelude to the next.
This is a most fascinating thread.
My grandfather was twice listed dead in the NYTimes while fighting in The Great War. He was gone for almost 4 years. His father was the president o the Red Cross in NYC and thought his son was dead until he saw him in a French hospital well over a year after the war had ended.
My grandfather was a peaceful and quiet man, but even as a little kid, I knew there was something different about him. He had ugly scars. He always told my grandmother, if he ever got sick, he didn’t want any American doctors, but to send him back to France.
Dear Homer, I cannot tell whether you have been pinged or not, but even though this is WW1, I thought you may enjoy this thread as much as I do.
I cannot begin to imagine the hell these men faced.
Thanks for your addition to this great thread. Never knew about the Gibson Girl until now.
Mobility is only useful if you can flank the enemy, surround or get behind them - so they have to divide their focus.
If the enemy has enough men and a long enough trench to wall off the entire area, how can your mobility help you? It’s the poor equivalent of a fortress.
Mobility helps if you can get around the enemy and attack supply lines, key storage areas, capture towns and villages...people. How would one do that if there are trenches blocking all feasible approaches?
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