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Abandoned since WW1 – the “Explosive quarry”


We discover that breathtaking place a month ago. The location is completely intact : You can find as many sculptures on the walls than there are bullets and bombs on the floor of this quarry. Seems that nothing has been touched since 1916 : The place is very dangerous, full of grenades, mortars bomb, bullets, mines, and all of these are active, or still full of explosives. And to be perfect, the roof is highly unstable. Great work by Marc Askat  and follow them on Facebook 

 Welcome to the “Explosive quarry”.

“To the Memory of our dead”

One of the many bombs that you can find in this quarry

List of engaged troops in the quarry between 1914 and 1915 and their officers in charge.

A sacred heart, sculpted just next to a Saint Jacques Shell. 

Symbol of one of the infantry corps that was engaged in the quarry, unfortunately very difficult to read.

The underground church used by the soldiers of the French and British army. Many bullets on the floor, and many bullet impacts on the chapel’s altar.

The quarry is littered with grenades

A hundred year old hand grenade 

The broken faced soldier. We don’t know if the broken face was made in purpose or not. As the “broken faces”, the hardly injured soldier of WW1, was already numerous at the very beginning of this war.

Ancient bakery model of citroen.

An olive branch, symbol of peace – sculpted by a soldier

Marianne, the french egerie of the nation with RF ( French Republic ) on her Phrygian cap.

Great work by Marc Askat  and follow them on Facebook 

Brad Smithfield

Brad Smithfield is one of the authors writing for The Vintage News