Communication Trench


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Communication Trench

 

a narrow ditch with an embankment on each side, providing concealed passage between trenches as well as communication with the rear. Laid out in an irregular or winding path to protect personnel from enfilade fire, the trench may be up to 2 m deep and have a width of 70 cm or more at the bottom. Depending on the depth of the trench, troops may move through it either standing upright or crouching. Rifle pits, machine-gun emplacements, recesses, and other structures are built into the trench walls, with cul-de-sacs and wide areas dug out every 20–30 m to allow two-way traffic. Communication trenches on the forward slope of a hill have traverses.

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The second wave was to advance along German communication trenches and establish blocks proximate to the German support line.
But the five days we were out we had to go up the line every night digging communication trenches.
I met the platoon not far from the mouth of the communication trench, reported myself to their officer, and we started on our way.
Anyone who took the message back would have to make his way through the barrage and the communication trench had not yet been dug.
The period from 1st to 18th-January 1918 included two trench tours in the Cambrin sector, rest and training at Beuvry, and working parties to clear the communication trenches at Annequin of snow and water.
Next day, after leaving the trenches, we were put on a working party again, and set off for a certain part of the communication trenches to don the trench waders.
- The destruction of 15 main communication trenches of depths of 150 and 300 meters.
While 18-pounders chopped lanes through the German wire, the 23rd's howitzers continued to destroy communication trenches. On April 1 alone it dropped 250 rounds of BX on Dump Avenue, 150 on Fritter Trench, 75 on Balloon Avenue, and 85 on Grenadier Graben.
New communication trenches will link with a replica dressing station and it is hoped the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum will develop a supporting exhibition at the castle.
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