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- Lochnagar Crater
- Alt Name:
- Lochnagar Mine Crater | La Boisselle Crater
- World War One
- 1900AD - 1999AD
- Somme battlefields, Historial de la Grande Guerre,
The Somme 1916 Museum , Le P’tit Train de la Haute Somme,
about Lochnagar Crater
The Lochnagar Crater (Lochnagar Mine Crater) located in the village of La Boisselle in France’s Picardie region, is the site where one of the first explosions of the Battle of the Somme took place on 1 July 1916.
Set off by British forces at 7:28am, the mine which created the Lochnagar Crater was one of the biggest ever detonated at that time and Lochnagar Crater itself is an astounding 100 metres (328 feet) in diameter and 30 metres (98 feet) deep.
Today, visitors can see Lochnagar Crater, either as a one off site or as part of the Circuit of Remembrance, a route which explores the Battle of the Somme, one of the biggest battles in World War One.
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Address: 80300 Ovillers-La-Boisselle, Picardie, France
Phone: 03 22 74 76 36
Lochnagar Crater is located in farmland just next to the centre of the village of Ovillers-La-Boisselle along route D929, just north east of the town of Albert. It is approx 21 miles north east of Amiens along route D929. Note that the A1 is a partial toll road.
Lochnagar Crater is open daily throughout the year and admission is free.
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