On February 4, 2012, Florence Green passed away at the ripe old age of 110. She’d served as an officers’ mess steward with the Women’s Royal Air Force during World War I. It’s believed she was the last surviving veteran of that war and thus, her death marked the end of an era.
Preserved Remains…from World War I?
However, news of that war continues to surface from time to time. Most recently, French archaeologists uncovered a World War I underground shelter. To their surprise, they discovered the preserved remains of twenty-one German soldiers. The incredible preservation of these World War I combatants was due to the lack of water, air, or light that could penetrate the area.
“It’s a bit like Pompeii. Everything collapsed in seconds and is just the way it was at the time. Here, as in Pompeii, we found the bodies as they were at the moment of their death.” ~ Michael Landolt, Archaeologist
Nearly a century later French archaeologists stumbled upon the mass grave on the former Western Front during excavation work for a road building project.
Many of the skeletal remains were found in the same positions the men had been in at the time of the collapse, prompting experts to liken the scene to Pompeii.
A number of the soldiers were discovered sitting upright on a bench, one was lying in his bed and another was in the foetal position having been thrown down a flight of stairs…