Perhaps its because we visited the site on a freezing cold and muddy March afternoon, but there is something extremely sombre about the Lochnagar crater
It is indeed a fenced off hole in the ground which you simply walk around but it is, crucially, a memorial to the dead of the somme
The hole was made when the allies blew up tonnes of explosive that they had tunneled under enemy lines signalling the start of the big push at the Somme. A brutal conflict that killed or maimed something like 1.2 million over 4 months
The thing that struck me as you walk around the circumference of the hole, which is something like 90 feet wide and 30 feet deep, is there is a cross marking the spot where a soldiers body was uncovered some 80 years after the war
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