Rendez-vous au Lochnagar Crater

  • La Boisselle Trou de mine

    La Boisselle Trou de mine

    © ADRT80

  • La Boisselle Trou de mine

    La Boisselle Trou de mine

    © ADRT80

Rendez-vous au Lochnagar Crater 80300 OVILLERS-LA-BOISSELLE fr

Here, on 1st July 1916, the men who leapt out of their positions at 7.30am had no idea that they were going towards certain death. Several minutes before the infantry assault, several mines, meant to destroy parts of the German front line and create huge craters were blown, like this one at La Boisselle - "The Lochnagar Crater".

The mine crater of 100 metres in diameter and 30 metres in depth is now the only crater accessible to the public. The crater is the property of an English man, Richard Dunning, who bought it in 1978.

The Friends of Lochnagar Association chaired by Richard Dunning, maintain the crater and organise each 1st July a very moving ceremony which starts at 7.30am, in commemoration of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme.