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Detailed Map of "No Man’s Land," in Front of the 2nd Canadian Division, 1916
The name "no man’s land" refers to the area located between Allied and enemy trenches, a dangerous area where soldiers only dared to venture after nightfall, when the darkness afforded them some protection from enemy fire. This map shows the craters caused by shell and heavy artillery explosions. During the first months of the war, the St. Éloi area was devastated by the hostilities. When the Canadians went to relieve the British and French forces, they found a spectacle of destruction and desolation. Felix Cullen refers to the St. Éloi craters in his personal diary.
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