Pictures of World War I

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In An Elephant Iron Dugout on Hill 60

There’s two things to keep in mind when looking at this photograph.  One, you’re seeing the inside of an “elephant iron dugout”.  This is a an iron structure in a semi-circle shape with corrugated steel roofing.  We see these today in do-it-yourself garage installation, sheds, etc.  Two, this is Hill 60 which was a strategically significant high ground on the southern flank of Ypres Salient.   The famous Australian tunneling operation depicted in the film Beneath Hill 60 in many ways brings this  Frank Hurley (1885-1962) photo to life.


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