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Remembered Today:

The after-effects of blowing a mine, Fromelles, May 1915.


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At 5.40 a.m. on 9th May 1915, at Rouges-Bancs, Fromelles, two huge mines (larger than anything ever before attempted) were detonated under the first and second German lines, opposite the section of British line being held by the 13/London Regiment - "the Kensingtons". Their detonation was the signal for the infantry attack to commence. There was an anxious moment just prior to their detonation as the outcome was an unknown quantity. The explosions took with them forty-eight men of the 16th Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment. These men are buried at the German Military Cemetery in Fournes.


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Thank you V. for the information. It's always more interesting to look at a photo and knowing what really happened then.



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