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WW1 tank unearths chilling memories.

Archeologists, unearthing a First World War British tank discovered under a French vegetable patch, scraped and shovelled yesterday, pulling canned goods, wine bottles and other vestiges of the Great War from its rusty carcass. Dozens of young and old crowded around the site on the edge of the northern town of Flesquieres to witness the slow, meticulous removal of red earth from the war machine abandoned by the British in 1917, then turned into a bunker by the Germans. Rusty and twisted from its 81 years underground, the Mark IV tank is a chilling reminder of the Battle of Cambrai near the Belgian border, one of the bloodiest conflicts of the war. As the dig progressed, details of the lives of soldiers at war emerged: a corroded can of corn beef, a bullet-ridden water canteen, a whisky flask and wine bottles. Archeologists stacked flat British helmets atop rounded German ones. "World War I can often feel distant to us," said Mr Alan Venthon, aged 48, an accountant, who made the trip here from his home in Redhill, Surrey, to witness the dig. "But to find a mechanical device like this makes the war much easier to imagine."
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 21, 1998
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