Arras – View of Courcelles showing the mine crater in centre of cross roads | National Library of Scotland

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A single British soldier standing in a huge crater of rubble with the ruined buildings of a village or town in the background. This is identified by the name Courcelles but there are several villages of that name in the area of the Western Front. Possibly the most likely is Courcelles le Comte, south of Arras. Both sides in the war used miners to tunnel below enemy positions and set explosive charges. Sometimes large-scale mine explosions were timed to coordinate with an infantry attack.

Original reads: ‘View of Courcelles showing the mine crater in centre of cross roads.’

The Battle of Arras 9th April to 16th May 1917

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About Kate Lindsay

Kate Lindsay, University of Oxford is the Director of World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings. She is also the Manager for Education Enhancement at Academic IT where she also led the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and public engagement initiative Great War Archive. She has eight years experience of in-depth work on World War I digital archives and educational curricula. Kate has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, combined with an MSc in Information Systems from the University for Sheffield, and an MSc in Educational Research from the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in womens' experience of War and the representation of the First World War in popular culture.
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