Messines 1917: The zenith of siege warfare (Campaign)

Messines 1917: The zenith of siege warfare (Campaign)

Alexander Turner


At 0310 hours on 7 June 1917, the pre-dawn gloom at the Western entrance used to be shattered via the 'pillars of fireplace' - the speedy detonation of nineteen large mines, secreted in tunnels below the German strains and containing 450 tonnes of explosives. Admitted via the Germans to be a 'masterstroke', the devastating blasts prompted 10,000 squaddies to later be published easily as 'missing'. Launching a pre-planned assault into the carnage, supported by way of tanks and a devastating artillery barrage, the British took the strategic goal of Messines Ridge inside of hours. an extraordinary instance of innovation and good fortune within the First global struggle (1914-1918), this ebook is a clean and well timed exam of a desirable crusade.

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