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Ploegsteert and Pl.-Wood (Flanders/Belgium)


Malte Znaniecki
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Malte

I have visited the memorial but did not look around the area.

A friend told me that he was able to follow a walk into the woods which led to bunkers and he could see the formation of the sandbags in the walls. He showed me pictures of the steps down and the walls. I would very much like to visit these bunkers.

Kate

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Hello Kate,

I suppose You mean these bunkers in Ploegsteert Wood.

To my knowledge it is forbidden to enter the wood, and the paths leading to the cemeteries in the wood, are fenced off.

It is also dangerous to walk in the wood, as there is a lot of hunting.

Regards,

Cnock

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Ploegsteert

Other lesser known British bunkers are situated near Hill 63.

Regards,

Cnock.

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To my knowledge it is forbidden to enter the wood, and the paths leading to the cemeteries in the wood, are fenced off.

Cnock

Are you saying that you cannot get to Rifle House and Toronto Avenue Cemeteries at all or just from the southern side via Hunters Avenue? I hoped to visit them later this week from the path by Prowse Point Cemetery.

Mike

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Hello Mike,

You can go by the path at Prowse Point.

I remember that I didn't manage to use the path once, after heavy rainfall.

Regards,

Cnock.

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P.S.

With 'fenced off' I meant to say that You cannot leave some parts opf the paths leading to Toronto Avenue, etc.

Regards,

Cnock.

Another pick of Ploegsteert Wood

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Cnock

Thanks for clarifying that.

Mike

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Cnock

I think the pictures must have been taken in the area you have mentioned because the person said that they were quite a way from the road and were seldom visited.

I will not go there after what you have said.

Kate

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Guest Simon Bull
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Source:

Der Weltkrieg im Bild : Frontaufnahmen aus den Archiven der Entente. - München : Verl. "Der Weltkrieg im Bild", [o. J.]

What does the German caption on this photograph mean?

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Hello Simon,

Free translation

Flooded dug-out and trench in Ploegsteert Wood in 1917.

The British Army Command considered the special conditions of the Flanders battle fields, and equipped the British troops with trench waders.

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Cnock

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Simon,

And this is the original (?) caption going with this IWM photo (Number Q 4665) :

"A flooded dug-out in front line trench occupied by Lancashire Fusiliers. Opposite Messines, near Ploegsteert Wood, January, 1917."

Aurel

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