Dorset Wood - Tripsrath

Discussion in 'WW2 Battlefields Today' started by Jonathan Ball, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball From the North.

    Would anyone know if remains of British slit trenches still exist within the fringes of Dorset Wood, near Tripsrath just to the north of Geilenkirchen?
    I know from the book Battle for the Roer Triangle : Operation Blackcock, January 1945 by Gootzen and Connor that a number of them were ploughed up in around 2005 but I'm curious if any still remain to this day?

    Any photos , maps etc would be of the greatest help.

    Thanks
    JB
     
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  2. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    When I visit the location they were still there.
     
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  3. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball From the North.

    Thanks, Philip. That's really good and interesting to hear. Have you any photographs from your visit?
     
  4. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    Must have them somewhere, will try to find them.
     
  5. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball From the North.

    Again, thanks Philip. How long ago did you visit the wood?
     
  6. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    I think it was 201, when ding research for my 4th Dorset book.
     
  7. raydartec

    raydartec New Member

    Hello,

    I'n a new member and I'm very familiar with the Location because until I moved to Niederbusch, this is where the 43rd Wessex Division enterd Germany, I used to live in Niederheid, which is next to the Dorset Woods. During the next days I will have a look and see what might be left over. In the last years there were a lot of tree cutting operation in that wood and the heavy tractors messed up the ground, I will check anyway.

    Best wishes

    Norbert
     
  8. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball From the North.

    Many thanks, Norbert. I await your visit with the greatest of interest.
     
  9. raydartec

    raydartec New Member

    Hallo,

    today I went into the "Dorset Woods" and took a few pictures of some trenches and dugouts. It looks to me that they are British, because the trench was leading away from the dugout, which was facing the Germans. The location was in the middle oft he northern part of the woods, because the southern part is now farmland.
    Dorset 1.jpg Dorset 2.jpg Dorset 3.jpg Dorset 4.jpg Dorset 5.jpg
    I hope I find a way to attach the pictures.

    Norbert
     
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  10. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball From the North.

    Norbert

    Many, many thanks for this information and the photographs. It's very much appreciated.
     

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