A while back I mentioned the reconstructed trenches behind the café at Auchonvillers on the List; someone asked for them. I attach four images:

30a: Looking along the length of the support trench. In the centre to the left is a communication trench leading under the building

32b: Looking north down into the trench


35a: The café cellar, set out for use as a dressing station. The owners are certain that one of those who signed their name on the walls was later shot for desertion

38: Stove in the trench corner

For those that want a souvenir or two, but don't want the risk of picking them up in the field, the café has several buckets and trays of bits ­ shrapnel, shellcase fragments, belt buckles etc

Andrew Bamji

submitted: May 5, 2004

Related: WWW-VL: Military History: World War One History
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