Motorway threatens WWI trenches

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12 November 2003 , BRUSSELS – With the passing of this year's remembrance day, a row has erupted over a Belgian motorway extension set to erase a set of World War One trenches recently unearthed by archaeologists.

12 November 2003

BRUSSELS – With the passing of this year's remembrance day, a row has erupted over a Belgian motorway extension set to erase a set of World War One trenches recently unearthed by archaeologists.

The remains of a British soldier were found last week, along with his boots, buttons and bullets, in the frontline area which was witness to bloody trench warfare 85 years ago.

 
Archaeologists have begun excavating the zigzagging trench network area close to Ypres, an area through which the new A19 extension to Ostend is due to run.

The British War Graves and Battlefield Heritage Group is lobbying for the site to be preserved for posterity and as a monument to the war which served to create modern Europe.

Almost 12,000 allied troops died at the spot on the first day of the Battle of Ypres in 1917.

[Copyright Expatica News 2003]

 

Subject: Belgian news


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