Richmond WW1 Diary 7 June 1917

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Messines ridge destroyed |

On 17 June 1917 a huge underground explosion destroyed the German-held Messines ridge south of Ypres.

British, Australian and Canadian miners had worked for a year to dig tunnels and place 600 tonnes of explosives. Some 10,000 German soldiers were killed instantly and the blast was heard as far away as London. The explosion left a massive crater, which has since been transformed into a peace memorial.

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