The trench map indicated one anticipated trench. Running parallel with it was a second communications trench.
The grounds that were under examination lay north of the cemetery, towards a stream (Broenbeek). Based on available aerial photographs it became clear that a communications trench would be revealed as a result of the groundwork (Figures 1.1, 2 & 4). Earlier experience however, mainly with British trenches, indicated that all kinds of other remains could be expected. Unfortunately this did not prove to be the case in Langemarck. But then again, a second communications trench was localised, running parallel with the anticipated one, but 20m more to its west.
Based both on their construction and on some datable objects these trenches refer to the early stages of the First World War. They are made up of shallow ditches, typical for the beginning of the war. Two empty German cartridges dating from 1912, together with a British one from 1914 were found in the filling of the trenches. At one point a stable door was placed on the bottom of the trench, improving utility.