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WW1 Miners


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In Ireland, but born Bucks.
I watched a prog on TV the other day, where they were excavating a WW1 trench system, close to the Menin Ridge. And a bit of info the popped up, was the use of Miners for digging the tunnels to plant mines under the enemy lines.
Apparently there were about 20,000 miners used during WW1. These were not Army personell, their only purpose was to dig.

I would imagine they had some sort of basic training, but they certainly knew what they were doing.

Hat's off to these men, more unsung heroes.


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