The area around Vimy was a contested battlefield for the majority of the First World War. This culminated in the (mainly) Canadian attacks on the Ridge beginning on 9th April 1917, an engagement that was part of the larger Battle of Arras. In preparation, the British tunnelling companies dug several (between 12 and 15, depending on how they are interpreted) subways beneath the Ridge in order to facilitate getting the assault troops to their jumping off positions in relative safety, as well as providing a route to evacuate the wounded and concealed areas for command and control. The pictures below are from the Goodman subway. All images are copyright of the author.

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A walk along the Goodman Subway

The Goodman subway was one of (at least) twelve subways constructed by British Tunnelling Companies for the 9th April 1917 attack on the German lines atop the Vimy Ridge in Northern France. This short film takes the viewer inside this subterranean First World War landscape, offering a glimpse into a battlefield that is not accessible to the general public. The Durand Group first excavated the subway over ten years ago, and a film of the full excavation is available by visiting the Group’s website.

 

 

 

 

 

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