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Remembered Today:

The Forgotten Battlefield

Aurel Sercu

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Just to let you know the The Forgotten Battlefield (Boezinge and the Diggers), which was on BBC2 in March 2002 and January 2003, is being repeated on UK History (a digital channel).

Wednesday 10 December

At 9, 15 and 21 GMT.


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I have just watched it again and still fasinated. Is the site still going? Its always a problem with repeats you just need a little bit at the end of the programme to say works finished or work still continues.

regards to all


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Many thanks Aurel, managed to video it this time!

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For more info you can visit Aurel's site at http://www.diggers.be/

The site is free and you can get to it via these instructions kindly issued to me by Aurel.

- Do NOT go to Boezinge village (as the Site is east of the canal, and the

village is west of the canal)

- Find the beginning of the Kanaal Ieper - IJzer (Canal Ypres -Yser). This

is at the northern edge of the town, about 700 m (800 yards) north of the

centre of Ypres (= Cloth Hall, In Flanders Fields Museum, Market).

- Keep on the right (= east) bank of the Canal. Name : "Oostkaai".

- For about 2 miles.

- Turn right where you see 2 signposts "Yorkshire Trench & Dug-Out". This is

near a building with some flags ("Biovita"). Not far from it is a tall

silvery metal chimney. Clearly visible.

- Name of the street : "Bargiestraat".

- Follow that street for about 500 yards, and you arrive at the YT&DO site


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This is a reply to Chargers question. The work has stopped and the trenches have been reclamied by the earth although I do not believe that the factories have been built on top of them as this was the case in August 2003 when I visited the Salient.


Thomas McCall

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The situation now is that about three quarters of the area have been built upon (of course not the whole surface of these plots). There is no doubt that buildings were built on the trenches. Bringing all the trenches between Second and Third Ypres on one map (= 2 years and 3 months), shows that there were many hundreds of meters of trench. A real spiderweb.

We have to keep in mind that these were not all solid trenches. Some of them were (deep, A frames, corrugated iron sheets, duckboards etc.), but other trenches were very shallow, primitive not permanent. Often the type that soldiers dug one day, and could not find back the following day, after the shelling...

The works have not really stopped. The plot that covers almost half of the non man's land has not been built upon. That is where we continued in the past 4 months. (Near International Trench.) And found remains of a dozen soldiers.


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