WW1 Trenches barbed wire stanchion

Objects from this contributor

WW1 Trenches barbed wire stanchion

When researching a friends Great-Uncles, who were killed in 1916 after an assault on the German "The Hindenburg Line" trench, we went to the approximate place they were killed to pay our respects. They both disappeared off the face the earth when hit by a shell. Having plotted where we thought they were in the trench, we found several items including horse shoes, shells( some of which were still live) and this barbed wire stanchion. Any picture of a WW1 trench shows these stanchions marking no-mans land. It is an iconic object reminding us of such a tragic loss of life that we should not forget.

Comments are closed for this object

Most of the content on A History of the World is created by the contributors, who are the museums and members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC or the British Museum. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site’s House Rules please Flag This Object.

About this object

Click a button to explore other objects in the timeline






View more objects from people in Cumbria.

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.