Recovering a WWII bomber hidden in a French cave

tags: World War II




For historians, wreckage from a World War II German bomber in the French Pyrenees is an exceptional find, but some local residents are less keen on digging up the past.

It is a long drive over gravel and dirt roads in the Pyrenees through the mist.

Finally, more than 1,000m (3,280ft) up, I reach my destination and I feel I have either joined the flickering embers of an all-night rave party or a group of hardcore forest environmentalists.

The men look haggard, bundled up against the early morning cold.

There are shabby tents bunched on the rare patches of dry earth and lots of heavy machinery on the ground, while coffee brews on a makeshift stove. The remains of a cassoulet sit on the bottom of a large pan....



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