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PHOTOS: World War One frontline bunker for sale in the Somme

The partially-buried bunker saw action during numerous battles until the end of the war

The bunker – made of brick and concrete – regularly housed French troops near the frontline Pic: Denniel Immobilier

A partially-buried bunker in the Somme department – the site of fierce fighting during World War One – is for sale for €45,000. 

The sale of the 80m² historic brick and concrete building is the first sale of its kind, said estate agency Denniel Immobilier. 

Fighting took place multiple times near the site, which is close to Montdidier – and particularly during the final year of the war. 

The estate agents say the bunker could appeal to someone “passionate about history”. 

Storied past of bunker  

The bunker found itself close to the frontline soon after the start of World War One after the French retreated into their own land during the autumn of 1914.

However after the entrenchment of forces, the front remained largely stable for the next four years, with troops regularly stationed by the bunker as it was close to the frontline of fighting.

German forces took the bunker in June 1918, as part of the fierce ‘Noyon-Montdidier’ offensive campaign which overran this section of the Allied frontline. 

However, Allied forces took it back during the ‘Hundred Days’ offensive of 1918, holding it until the end of the war.

Read more: See inside: French couple renovates war bunker into accommodation

Bunker has two small manholes to enter it

The listing states that there is “a single room with an earthen floor” with no internal walls, running water, electricity, or front door. 

There is a large earthen ramp leading to the front and two small manholes to enter it. 

You can see more photos of the bunker below: 

Credit for all photos: Denniel Immobilier

The bunker also comes with around 1,000m² of public land – and access to the local road – making the bunker easy to reach. 

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