France reveals British WWI cave camp





France has reopened a labyrinth of medieval quarries under the northern town of Arras which the British army converted into an underground hideout for 24,000 soldiers during World War I. The BBC's Emma Jane Kirby went to investigate.

Eighteen metres (60ft) underground and immediately I'm cold, slightly unnerved by the dimness of the light and very uncomfortable as the chalky ceilings constantly drip freezing water on my head.

Although these secret caves were a huge step up from the horror of the World War I trenches, this was no cushy billet either.

Used briefly as an air raid shelter in World War II, the caves were sealed and largely forgotten about. But now they are a museum.


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