Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Three Mines Detonating

Other than for the Hawthorne Mine of 1 July 1916, photos at the moment of detonation are rather rare in my experience. Here are three I've come across. They do give a sense of the power of these sub-nuclear but massive explosions.

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From the top: An explosion in the Vosges Mountain Sector; an Austrian mine on Mte Lagazuoi in the Alps, 16 September 1917; a German photograph of a mine detonating on the Somme.

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