WW1 Tunnels of Death: The Big Dig

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At Messines in Belgium, bomb disposal specialists work alongside archaeologists on WWIs biggest archaeological dig. This was one of the killing fields of the Western Front, and 100 years later the ground is still littered with unexploded shells, grenades and ammunition. Held by the British in 1914, Messines was captured by German troops, including a young Adolf Hitler, and for nearly three years the two opponents faced each other in trenches. Uncovered by archaeologists, these trenches saw some very heavy fighting. Part 1 of 2.