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Graffiti keep memories of WW1 soldiers alive in tunnels of northern France

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By ITN News Editor November 3, 2018 13:39

Graffiti keep memories of WW1 soldiers alive in tunnels of northern France

A complex network of tunnels houses the memories of thousands of World War One soldiers who left their mark on the walls the Froidmont quarry located near the northeastern French town of Braye-en-Laonnois, not far from the scene of the horrific Second Battle of the Aisne.Over 1,000 inscriptions, drawings and carvings can be found on the limestone walls of the tunnels, which stretch over 20 kilometres (12 miles) and became a refuge for German, French and American soldiers.

Most of the graffiti was left by American soldiers from the 26th “Yankee” Division, so called because it was composed entirely of National Guard units from New England which is made up of the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island.The tunnels were occupied from September 1914 to October 1917 by German soldiers followed by French and American troops once the territory was regained by Allied forces. World War One, fought out in large part on French soil between 1914 and 1918, left about 10 million dead on all sides and remains firmly anchored in French memories.

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By ITN News Editor November 3, 2018 13:39
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