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Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2018 1:13 p.m. PST

I am a relative newbie to World War One, especially wargaming it. My questions is: On the western front, was it common to include a ruined building or building complex into a trench system? I am sure there was very little left of the buildings after numerous bombardments, but I remember seeing period illustrations of troops on both sides fighting over piles of rubble. Just wondering if I can include ruins in my trench terrain.

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2018 2:32 p.m. PST

Yes, it was. Especially if they had cellars. Small groups of ruined buildings were often converted into strongpoints.

pushing tin07 Jun 2018 1:37 a.m. PST

I recently made up a strong point with some buildings in 6mm

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Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2018 6:32 a.m. PST

There were some good responses on your earlier post: TMP link

Jim

monk2002uk07 Jun 2018 7:43 a.m. PST

Here is the example of Thičpval, which I mentioned in the other thread. This map shows the German frontline trenches running through the village:

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Robert

monk2002uk07 Jun 2018 7:50 a.m. PST

And the example of Gibraltar bunker in Pozičres:

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The rest of the village had been blown away in the Battle of the Somme.

Robert

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