Archaeologists Find Bodies of 21 WWI Soldiers in Perfectly Preserved Trenches Where They Were Tragically Buried Alive

In 2012, the bodies of 21 German World War One soldiers entombed in a perfectly preserved underground shelter have been discovered 94 years after they were killed. French archaeologists stumbled upon the mass grave on the former Western Front in eastern France during excavation work for a road building project.

The 21 men were part of a larger group of 34 who were buried alive when a huge Allied shell exploded above the tunnel in 1918, causing it to cave in. Thirteen bodies were recovered from the shelter, but the remaining bodies had to be left under a mountain of mud and debris as it was too dangerous to retrieve them.

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