Left: A branching trench, particularly clear in profile.
Right: Bottom of a shelter, again particularly clear in profile.
Underneath the opening in the wooden floor, a little cask helped evacuate excess water.

crossbeams that kept the sides apart. Whether all this was covered up with planks or a wooden floor unfortunately remained unclear.

These lines were lost for the Germans on 7 June 1917. In the chaos following the detonation of 19 mines the British forced them to withdraw. The mine-battle was a diversion for another large-scale attack, later to be known as the Third Battle of Ypres (Passiondale, Passendale). Once again itís striking how little ammunition, litter, objects, etc. can be found in German trenches. As if they were always meticulously maintained and cleared out!