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   A Great War themed project exploring sites around Comines-Warneton and Messines in Belgium.    The project is being led by members of No Man's Land - The European Group for Great War    Archaeology and the Comines-Warneton Historical Society.

Messines in Miniature

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Readers of the latest edition of Military Times will be able to read an article by Martin about the model of Messines and its defences that was constructed by men of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade at their training camp on Cannock Chase (Staffordshire).

The model is made of cement and brickends and depicts the town and the German trenches defending it. The NZRB model is a copy of the tactical model of the wider battlefield created at Petit Pont. This example was used as a briefing tool for troops ahead of the Messines action and film shows the Australian 3rd Div studying it.

We believe we have identified the site of the model and hope to search for remains this summer.


2 responses to “Messines in Miniature”

  1. admin says:

    The tatical model which was built before the battle is at Petit Point on the France/Belgium border. The model at Sling camp was built after the battle as a memorial to the sucess of the NZ troops.

  2. Richard Pursehouse says:

    How can the model have been built before the battle, when the New Zealanders didn’t begin to move up from Sling Camp until the end of September 1917? Unless they were Doctor Who and did time travel…….

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