Rare WW1 Trench Map-Marked "SECRET"

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British Royal Engineer produced. Dated July 1918. Handwritten in top right is "SECRET 979"Printed on linen type paper. Shows the town of POPERINGHE, BELGIUM. Following is a little history of the town. " Throughout the Great War of 1914-1918 Poperinghe, or “Pops” as the British soldiers called it, was used by the British Army as a gateway to the battlefields of the northern Ypres Salient. It was an important rail center behind the front line and was used for the distribution of supplies, for billeting troops, for casualty clearing stations and for troops at rest from duty in the forward trench areas. Thousands of troops passed through this small town at some time or other. The main square formed the hub of five main roads leading into the town and, therefore, was constantly bustling with military traffic, military personnel and those civilians who had stayed on in the town. Because of its importance to the military behind the front Allied lines, the town was frequently targeted by long range German artillery. During the Third Battle of Ypres (31 July - 10 November 1917) Poperinghe and the surrounding area was bombed by German aircraft. Some bombs landed on the Casualty Clearing Stations nearby."

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This item is part of MILITARY COLLECTIBLES AUCTION MARCH 24, 2020 5pm
 Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020 | 5:00 PM  Eastern
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Rare WW1 Trench Map-Marked "SECRET"
Rare WW1 Trench Map-Marked "SECRET"
Lot number: 52a
Seller: Bagwell & Assoc. Auction Co.,Inc.
Ends: Tuesday, March 24 | 5:00 PM  Eastern

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