Over 1,650 German mortar shells unearthed near site of First World War's Battle of Verdun

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Some 1,652 German mortar shells have been found in a small French village in the Hinterland between France and Germany - a flash point in the First World War.

The village Coucy-lès-Eppes, where the shells were unearthed after a house was being constructed, is very near to the site of the Battle of Verdun, one of the major battles on the Western Front.

Locals have been evacuated until Friday for safety reasons and the shells, which are almost 100 years old, will be destroyed in nearby military camps....

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