Thursday, December 13, 2018

Lochnagar Crater Battle of the Somme World War I



The Lochnagar Crater resulted when the British detonated a mine underneath German lines at 7.28 am on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916.

Tunnellers had dug beneath the German positions to place the mine. After seven days of British artillery fire, the mine was detonated. Then, eight successive waves of the 34th Division climbed out of their trenches and headed for the German lines. This day was the bloodiest day in British military history. Read more and see 1916 photos at lochnagarcrater.org.


My photos and video are from 22 October 2018.


A cross marks the memorial site. Many poppies here and around the site remind us the soldiers are not forgotten.

 


















The grey skies helped create a somber moment whilst walking about the crater.

 Storyboards help tell the story of those connected with that fateful day.

































There are places to rest and reflect on war and peace.












Here is a video overview of the Lochnagar Crater site.



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