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Trenches of the First World War


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This is a battlefield that could resemble Verdun, Cambrai, or any Winter WWI operation.


For your viewing pleasure, above are a few pictures from World War One.

I am slowly nearing completion, and once it is finished it could be used for decorative purposes or Player versus Player purposes.

What is done so far:

  • French Front line
  • French Support line
  • French Communications lines
  • French machine gun vantage points
  • French Flags
  • French Reserve Line
  • French Artillery line
  • French town
  • French Field Mortars

What needs to be done:
  • German Front line
  • German support line
  • German Reserve line
  • German artillery line
  • German Communications trenches
  • German machine gun embankments
  • German "Saps" (Tiny trenches that extend into No-Man's land for spying/listening/machine gunning purposes)
  • No mans Land
  • German flags
  • German Field Mortars
  • German Field Hospitals
  • French and German Breifing rooms, Aka staging rooms where players can choose classes for the battle
What might be added:
  • Tanks
  • Poppies (a Nod to Flanders Fields)
  • Observation Balloons
  • Railway supply line for Germany
Progress: 40% Complete

Update #12 : 12/29/2017 4:59:28 pm12/29/17

French trenches are completely finished!

Update #11 : 08/15/2016 4:18:21 pm8/15/16

Was away for a long Time, but work on the project hath resumed. Updated Description of project to simplify things.

Update #10 : 07/24/2015 8:11:20 pm7/24/15

Shelled Terrain is taking forever. Spawn design is close to completion. Team spawns are nearing completion. Trenches are being renovated to have " Deep mud".

Update #9 : 03/31/2015 9:32:22 pm3/31/15

Town is finally finished WITH an Allied Tent city behind it. French Mortar line is done. Shelled terrain is now underway.

Update #8 : 03/12/2015 7:59:00 am3/12/15

Redstone research has begun. Big thanks to davidj919.

Update #7 : 03/09/2015 7:58:42 pm3/09/15

Shelled Town is 99% complete (aka done)

Update #6 : 03/04/2015 11:18:35 pm3/04/15

Updated my to-do-list: Must add Field Mortars, aka mobile artillery that can be used by both armies to pound no-mans land with relentless shelling.

Update #5 : 02/26/2015 11:45:18 pm2/26/15

Working on last three French flags. Town under construction.

Update #4 : 02/24/2015 6:06:09 pm2/24/15

Added a few images in the description to bring out the WWI feel of the project.

Update #3 : 02/23/2015 6:26:12 pm2/23/15

Finished the French Artillery Line, began ravaged French town behind the French lines.

Update #2 : 01/31/2015 4:17:34 pm1/31/15

Need help on determining what to do with the rest of the reserve line. Posted two pictures of possible options

Update #1 : 01/28/2015 9:00:28 pm1/28/15

Did research, and I found out that there is more detail that I could be putting into the project

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  • Gronohop
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • October 2, 2017, 2:12 am
How can i get the map
  • Oldman_Aphid
  • Level 23
  • Expert Caveman
  • December 23, 2017, 8:22 pm
I have been deep in my architectural studies at university, so I have been away for quite some time. But! I still intend to have a version of this map complete before the end of the 100th anniversary of the Great War.
  • pickaxeman
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • January 5, 2017, 5:19 pm
Wow you've done a lot of work. I cant believe its not even finished its huge. good job
Thank you! I intend to have this done before the 100 year anniversary is over! We will see how that works out because the project is SO large ;)
  • gusdx2
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • September 2, 2016, 5:16 am
good job !
did you made french fort ?
  • Oldman_Aphid
  • Level 23
  • Expert Caveman
  • September 3, 2016, 5:45 pm
This project is just a reconstruction of trenches from WWI. I might be doing a project that reflects the battle of fort Douaumont at some point in the future!
  • gusdx2
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • September 4, 2016, 12:29 am
and Vauquoi?

can we downloading the map ?
  • Oldman_Aphid
  • Level 23
  • Expert Caveman
  • September 5, 2016, 10:41 am
Once I can put a little more work into the map I might put up a download, I will certainly offer a download once the map is complete!

And I have not learned of the battle of Vauquoi, I assume it is tied closely to the battle of Verdun. Could you possibly tell me more about it?
Wow, this is really nice. I'm really looking forward to this map!
  • Oldman_Aphid
  • Level 23
  • Expert Caveman
  • September 3, 2016, 5:46 pm
Thank you!
  • ConfuseACat
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Engineer
  • June 2, 2015, 9:48 am
Good work! To echo what you said on my project, it's good to see some WWI builds out there. The whole thing seems very well thought out and realistic. :)
Many thanks! Yeah, keeping it real is a difficult task though. I keep learning about new facets that the trenches had back then so I have to spend hours going back over the trenches that I have built to add some minute detail. It's painful, but I think it is worth it.
Anyways, keep up the great work and thank you for the compliments!
Excuse me, but can you please tell a certain Pickel how to Download this map? Also, please don't make fun of my Username, too common and too annoying.
Its a unique username. Memorable. And I am still working on the map, but be on the lookout because I plan to have it done by this Summer! I am just as eager as you are, trust me.
  • Strydr1234
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Pirate
  • April 4, 2015, 5:21 am
loving all the new additions, still lookng fantastic, cant wait to try it out! :D
Currently searching for a server that I think will be a suitable host for official games. If you find any that have a large average server body, notify me. I kinda can't wait to try it out too.
  • Golem2
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Architect
  • April 3, 2015, 5:08 pm
I don't even care about the rest of the stuff! Would love to download the best map I've seen. :)
I'm flattered! Thank you, I will probably put a download out once the design is complete. The functional download will probably come a bit later.
  • Golem2
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Architect
  • April 23, 2015, 9:18 pm
  • Hydromel
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • April 1, 2015, 5:34 am
I have one or two ideas, you could make tanks ( FT-17, A7V )  planes crashed in the No man's land for cover or hiding place also a railway with a train to supply the front of shells,troops and otther stuff also how about a Fort ? It could make a good strategic point to capture. :D
I like the ideas quite a bit. Tanks have a high probability for being included in this map Mark IV's for the Germans and Renaults for the French (or any combination of tanks from the era). I also might include a railway supply line for the Central powers; It would be a nice addition.
The fort I want to use in a separate idea I have had. Have you heard of Verdun and the 9 forts surrounding the city?
I want to build a map for the battle of fort Douaumont. It was the largest fort protecting Verdun and supposedly "impenetrable". However, because the fort had not been the center of major fighting, it had been gutted of its weaponry and was manned by your Old Man's Army. So, this fort was under-gunned and under-manned. The Germans, for many reasons including this one, shelled Verdun and its surrounding forts with over 1,200 guns, thus beginning the start of a battle that would last for more than 10 months.

So yeah, that will be my summer project - The Battle of Fort Douaumont

but back to your points, thank you for the input and I will see what I can do to incorporate some of these ideas!
  • Hydromel
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • April 2, 2015, 1:35 am
Yes i know, I was just thinking about it for the Fort idea  :) and I can't wait to see what you are going to do with Fort Douaumont  and this project too :P

Also you're welcome man !
Great minds think alike. Thanks much!
  • Slickj2
  • Level 26
  • Expert Modder
  • March 31, 2015, 5:57 pm
Cool stuff man, cool stuff.
Thanks man!
  • Frozen Venom
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Meme
  • March 29, 2015, 11:15 am
Cool so much realism
Diamonded,Subscribed,Favourtied :)
Thanks! Yeah, if you have any further ideas as to how I can make this project more real I wouldn't mind hearing them!
  • Frozen Venom
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Meme
  • March 30, 2015, 1:17 am
Yeah Ok I might think of something later!
  • carl097
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Architect
  • March 10, 2015, 8:11 am
awesome diamond for you :P
Much obliged!
  • davidj919
  • Level 29
  • Expert Toast
  • March 9, 2015, 8:15 pm
I may be able to help out in terms of command blocks. You can check out my work on my PMC account page or reach out to me via Skype.
Your works seems good. If you are willing to provide help I shant deny it, can I contact you later when the project is closer to completion?
  • davidj919
  • Level 29
  • Expert Toast
  • March 11, 2015, 3:17 pm
Anything's fine with me. Spring breaks coming up (for me at least; I don't know about anyone else), so I should have some time.
This is actually really cool! You should add NPC soldiers.
Thanks for the compliment!
What I actually invision happening is having a server host this map so that live players can engage in all out CTF warfare. I am currently researching command block methods for programming the map to be interactive. This way players can use Field mortars, heavy artillery, tanks, choose classes, etc. 
(If you know anyone who is superb with redstone, all help is appreciated!)
  • CraftyFoxe
  • Chat Moderator
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Fox
  • March 8, 2015, 5:44 am
Weren't there also planes flying above for recon?
In some battles yes, and I would like to put airplanes into this battle. The only setback would be their funtion in a vanilla PVP setting. If by some form of magic I could get the planes to move and shoot and drop bombs at the commands of a player, I would totally include them. Otherwise, once this map is downloadable, players can use airplane mods, vehicle mods, and gun mods as much as they want too. I might include observation balloons since they were tethered to the ground.
  • hutchy01
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Architect
  • March 5, 2015, 5:53 am
the british/french trenches should be shallow (when i was walking in one it came to my shoulder and i'm 5'10 like steve) but most german trenches were twice as deep as british /french)
First: Thank you very much for this kind of knowledge, I appreciate any help from the community!

Second: I might only raise the french/british support and reserve trenches due to how intricate the front-line has become. To raise the front would be only a slight bit tedious and very time consuming.

Third: If you have any other WWI knowledge that could make this map more realistic, I wouldn't mind hearing it.

Its really cool that you were able to visit the western front. Someday I would like to be able to travel to Europe and see Fort Douaumont, the Marne, and maybe Passchendaele.
  • hutchy01
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Architect
  • March 6, 2015, 6:00 am
Let me know if you need photos of the villages or field hospitals as i'm sure i can send you them
I haven't even considered field hospitals... you are a genius!
I am curious, how would one include the hospitals a WWI gameplay? Also which line were they located on?
Nice map! I think It's time for someone to make WW1 Flan's mod pack.
Thank you! And I think that I would have to agree with you!
  • Julienboi
  • Level 28
  • Expert Taco
  • February 26, 2015, 11:45 pm
Really great project ! I luuuuuv it :3
  • Oldman_Aphid
  • Level 23
  • Expert Caveman
  • February 27, 2015, 3:52 am
Thanks! Im happy to hear that!
  • Strydr1234
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Pirate
  • January 25, 2015, 5:19 pm
  • Oldman_Aphid
  • Level 23
  • Expert Caveman
  • January 25, 2015, 5:27 pm
Im back with gusto!
  • Strydr1234
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Pirate
  • January 26, 2015, 3:00 pm
looks like an awesome project!
Are you going to put webs in for no mans land and tnt mines or is this just going to be like a "look at" map and not one for PVP?
  • Oldman_Aphid
  • Level 23
  • Expert Caveman
  • January 25, 2015, 5:39 pm
I can promise you that No-Man's land will look tons better in the near future!

There shall be plenty o' barbed wire and shell craters to be had. Instead of mines I might build tanks in No-Man's land. The guns on the tanks would be able to be operated by certain classes in a PVP match (I intend to see this map used for both battle and decor).
This is one of the reasons why I need to find a server that has a good enough modding team to program/code a gameplay that would allow players to choose a team, choose a class (Officer, Infantry, Tankman, machine gunner, etc), and engage in an all out multi-flag CTF battle. Eventually the team who has captured the most full trench lines (Front line, Support line, Reserve line, Artillery line) wins.

I would love to do this all myself, but I can't write very effective codes, mod, or host a large server. I need help lol.

I hope this answers your question!
  • GrayRemnant
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Senpai
  • January 25, 2015, 1:23 pm
Looks impressive so far!  Keep it up!
  • Oldman_Aphid
  • Level 23
  • Expert Caveman
  • January 25, 2015, 5:28 pm
Thank you sir! I certainly will.

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