WWI Tunnel Fighting

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WWI Tunnel Fighting

Archaeologists are beginning the most detailed ever study of a Western Front battlefield, an untouched site where 28 British tunnellers lie entombed after dying during brutal underground warfare. For WWI historians, it’s the “holy grail”.

From this BBC article.

You can’t have even a smidgen of claustrophobia and not cringe while reading that article, but the history is fascinating.  I wish there were more documentaries aired about World War 1.

June 10th, 2011|Categories: History, World War I|Tags: |3 Comments


  1. bmj2k June 10, 2011 at 6:13 PM - Reply

    That’s a great find. And why aren’t there more WWI documentaries? Is it the lack of moving pictures? No compelling USA storyline? I don’t know but the trenches were a horrific part of the history of warfare (as well as innovation) but don’t get the treatment they should.

  2. Jim June 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM - Reply

    If it weren’t for all the Civil War docs I’d agree about the lack of film being an issue. Yes, the US was involved for only a short time (I think just under 2 years) but overall, with the introduction of aircraft and armor, I’d think it was compelling and important enough to spotlight more often. It seems every other war gets passed over attention wise. Strange.

    • skinner June 11, 2011 at 3:32 PM - Reply

      I did some poking around, and apparently there’s a decent BBC documentary miniseries from 2003 – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0426688/

      I’m certainly a lot more familiar with WWII, and I’ve often wondered why the History Channel doesn’t expand their programming a bit beyond 1939-1945. (Maybe they could invest some of the money they’re making from the historical documentary they call “Ice Road Truckers”.)

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