Vimy Ridge Trenches and Mine Craters - Vintage Version
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Vimy Ridge Trenches and Mine Craters. Vintage Version
Image of the Canadian trench network in the Somme front and of the craters caused by the explosion of German mines underneath, preserved at the Vimy Ridge Memorial site.
Those are some of the best preserved trench structures from the Western Front.
World War I mines were tunnels dug from ones lines into and under enemy trenches in order to fill them with explosive and blow them right before an attack. Their aim would be to open a wide gap both in the defending structures and forces.
The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is a memorial site dedicated to the men of the Canadian Expeditionary Force killed during the Great War and serves as the place of commemoration for the Canadian soldiers of the First World War who have no known grave. The monument is at the center of a preserved battlefield park on the ground over which the Canadians fought during the Battle of Vimy Ridge offensive of the Battle of Arras.
The Battle of Vimy Ridge was the first time all four divisions of the Expeditionary Force fought as a cohesive formation, and became a national symbol of achievement and sacrifice.
There is an untextured version of this image.
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