Boyaux (litterally “guts”) were communication trenches, used by soldiers to go from the rear lines to the front. This picture shows Italian soldiers going to the front line somewhere in France. Its zigzag shape was a way to protect soldiers in case of shelling or machine-gunning.
My scanner is dying, but I got a lot of pictures on my computer; that’s why I wanted to share with you this evening one of my aerial views of trenches,taken in the region of Verdun in September 1917. Three names are clearly readable: the “Tranchées des Cévennes”, the “Tranchée de la Goulette” and the “Tranchée des quatre chemins”. If you’re interested in these pictures, just search them with the help of the search function!