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  • #64683
    Abwehrschlacht
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    This is not strictly wargaming, but may be of interest to some in here. Last week I was involved in excavating parts of a First World War tank (a Mark II) near Bullecourt in France. It was a project run jointly by Operation Nightingale and Breaking Ground Heritage, two groups who help wounded, injured and sick soldiers on the road to recovery through archaeology. There are plenty of photos on my blog and a write up of the project, so please take a look here:

    http://stormofsteelwargaming.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/ex-joan-of-arc-bullecourt-2017.html

    Thanks for reading!

    Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNUYwNznn-ZuNMoHoF3urwQ

    Blog: http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #64690
    kyoteblue
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    How very cool !! Thanks for posting about this!!

    #64692
    Norm S
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    Thanks for putting up such an interesting story.

    #64731
    Abwehrschlacht
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    No problem guys, I’m glad you liked it!

    Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNUYwNznn-ZuNMoHoF3urwQ

    Blog: http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #64736
    Cerdic
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    Great report! So is the rest of the tank in the same place, still waiting to be excavated?

    #64737
    Abwehrschlacht
    Participant

    Thanks Cerdic, it didn’t look like it. My personal assessment of the situation was that the two bodies had been deliberately covered by the tank track. Maybe they had been lying out in the open for a while and were a bit grisly, so were covered up or it was used as a grave marker. I’m sure there is more of the tank, but probably scattered around the rest of the field.

    Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNUYwNznn-ZuNMoHoF3urwQ

    Blog: http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #64740
    Alexander Wasberg
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    An interesting read, thanks for sharing it!

    #64750
    Patrice
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    Fascinating, thanks for sharing. I didn’t know there were still such researches going on.

    Was the local DRAC supportive?

    http://www.argad-bzh.fr/argad/en.html
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    #64758
    Cerdic
    Participant

    Interesting. Presumably the rest of the tank is not that far away. I would imagine a chunk of track gets a bit heavy if you carry it too far!

    #64769
    Abwehrschlacht
    Participant

    Thanks for the kind comments everyone! Patrice, yes, Allan Jaques (DRAC) was really pleased with our work when he came on site. We had the full support of the Bullecourt commune as well, they really enjoyed having us working close by!

    Cerdic, I would assume the same, big lumps of metal don’t go very far…

    Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNUYwNznn-ZuNMoHoF3urwQ

    Blog: http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #64775

    Thanks for sharing!

    "Do you not know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed?"

    Axel Oxenstierna

    #64780
    Abwehrschlacht
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    Any time my friend!

    Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNUYwNznn-ZuNMoHoF3urwQ

    Blog: http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

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