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Antique WW1 Postcard - Entrance of The Tavannes Tunnel - 1000 Meters WW1 Tunnel
Antique WW1 Postcard - Entrance of The Tavannes Tunnel - 1000 Meters WW1 Tunnel

Antique WW1 Postcard - Entrance of The Tavannes Tunnel - 1000 Meters WW1 Tunnel

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The Battle Of VERDUN, France - Tavanees Tunnel


This tunnel, 1,000 meters long, had been used as barracks, first aid post and ammunitions depot since the first day of the battle. The Eastern-and Western entrance had been sealed with barbed wire and several meters of piled up sandbags. The tunnel was overcrowded with French soldiers who were cut off from their units or who were searching for shelter from the shellfire or who were on their way to or just returning from the front.


On Monday 4 September a huge explosion took place in the tunnel; an explosion that could be compared to the one of fort Douaumont. In this particular case the cargo of a mule had caught fire, probably because of the cooking of the soldiers. The fire increased immensely, caused by the air current in the tunnel and turned into an inferno. Everybody panicked and over 500 soldiers were killed. Nevertheless, the confusion caused by this explosion remained unnoticed by the Germans. [Source - Wereldoorlog]


This is a unique and rarest Tavanees Tunnel post card with the description in the red font on the top right of the picture.


Authentic World War-I Artifact, rare artifact and hard to find in this condition. A great WW1 collectors item with best price, only one available.

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