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A British WWII bomb dropped by aircraft sometime between 1939-1945 and found on a building site. Revigny-sur-Ornain, Bar-le-Duc, Meuse, Lorraine, France. Summer 2008. Photograph by Jonathan Olley

The démineurs work in the areas designated 'Zone-Rouge' after the Armistice of 1918. Today the forest still remains out-of-bounds to the general public due to the continuing hazzard of the explosive remnants of war. The Department for the Interior, (France), estimate that there are twelve million unexploded shells from WWI, in the Verdun sector alone.

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Since the end of the Second World War, (WWII), when the clear-up of the First World War, (WWI), began, the Département du Déminage have lost over six hundred trained men either attempting to disarm or dispose of Unexploded Ordnance, (UXO). That is an average attrition rate of one man per month.