I wonder when a similar operation could be applied to Sobibor, Treblinka etc..
400 in this hole, it will be interesting also to see the dimensions after excavation.
Tributes at Great War mass grave
Generals, ministers and villagers have gathered in a muddy corner of the French countryside to pay their respects to those buried in the biggest Great War grave discovered in decades.
Up to 400 soldiers from Britain and Australia are thought to lie in eight pits by woodland in northern France, where they were buried by German forces after a bitter battle.
British, Australian and French dignitaries joined locals for an on-site ceremony, before a mechanical digger moved in to scrape away the first layers of earth, marking the beginning of the operation to recover the bodies and give them a proper resting place.
The work in Pheasant Wood, which lies near the village of Fromelles around seven miles south of the French-Belgian border, is expected to last until the end of September.
The Rev Ray Jones, of St George's Memorial Church in Ypres, led a prayer for the soldiers, who "fought and died in the hope of bringing peace to this land and the world beyond".
The Mayor of Fromelles, Hubert Huchette, told the crowd: "The Australian and British soldiers broke out of oblivion, reminders of the tragedy of the First World War. The findings remind us again of the courage of these men who came to set us free."
The land was confirmed as a group burial site in May last year, after a limited excavation revealed pits which had lain untouched since the Battle of Fromelles in 1916.
Archaeologists are working on behalf of the soldiers' governments, supervised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).
Next year the bodies will be permanently laid to rest in their individual graves at the new CWGC cemetery nearby - the first war cemetery the commission has built in almost 50 years.
Admiral Sir Ian Garnett, Vice Chairman of the CWGC, said: "Fromelles Pheasant Wood Cemetery, when it opens in July next year, should honour the memory of the several hundred British and Australian soldiers who lost their lives in this place some 90 years ago - and hopefully, bring much comfort to the families of these great men."