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Official British account of the war beneath the trenches published by Royal engineers. Replete with dozens of diagrams and photographs, and packed with information historical and technical on all aspects of the Great War undergound.
Perhaps no aspect of the trenches on the Western Front in the Great War continues to excite more fascination than the war underground: the subterranean struggle of mine and counter-mine waged by both sides. This book, an official account of the mining work carried out and published by the Royal Engineers, goes into more depth - in both sense of the word - than any other available account. Profusely illustrated by scores of diagrams and photographs, it gives a full picture of military mining in 1914-1918 both in theory and practice. Among the sectors examined where mining warfare was most intense were Hill 60 in the Ypres Salient; the Cuinchy brick stacks in the industrial area around Givenchy; Vimy Ridge; the tunnels beneath Arras, where the engineers made use of existing ancient catacombs; the Somme; and, above all, perhaps, the twenty-one gigantic mines whose simultaneous explosion heralded the successful British offensive at Messines in June 1917. All are detailed in this book, which is divided into an historical account; mine rescue work (including photographs and diagrams of captured German rescue and resuscitation equipment) and a technical section, giving information on laying a mine system, disposing of spoil, detecting enemy counter mines etc. Quite simply, this book supplies the answers to all the questions that could be asked about the Great War underground. As such it is indispensable to all students of that conflict.
Reprint of the 1922 original edition.
  • AUTHOR: Royal Engineers
  • FORMAT: 148pp Bw Pb
  • Code: 26872

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