craig stennett

'Ypres, Belgium's Forbidden Zone'
Location: Germany
Nationality: British
Biography: Graduating with a BA (Hons) in Photography from Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham, England in the Late 80′s, Craig went on to win The David Hodge Memorial Award Young Photojournalist of the Year with a story he had covered in Thailand. He... read on
'Ypres, Belgium's Forbidden Zone'
craig stennett
Feb 21, 2019
Image of mine from my time with DOVO bomb disposal unit in Belgium. It was supplied by ‘eyevine‘ the London based photo agency where all my feature stories are filed with and supplied to the Magazine Menway. Headline translates to 'Ypres Belgium's Forbidden Zone' from the Polish- with thanks to Si Barber for the translation. The Ypres salient on the fields of Flanders in Belgium is the biggest mass grave yard of the British Army anywhere in the world.  The carnage of WW1 and its most intensive fighting on the British sector of the Western Front left millions killed and wounded. It also left a legacy of some 300 million unexploded shells still littering the battlefield.  Around 150 tonnes of UXB are unearthed each year  The Belgium bomb disposal unit known as DOVO is based in Poelkapelle near Ypres.   It’s called out on average 3000 times a year to collect and diffuse ordinance. Corporal Roland Vanhoutte is 8 years with DOVO. The Belgium militaries Bomb Disposal unit. There motto is “we do not fear the danger“. #dovo #belgium #uxb #bombdisposal #ypres #ww1 #thegreatwar #firstworldwar #flanders

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