Messines 1917 : The Zenith of Siege Warfare, Paperback / softback Book

Messines 1917 : The Zenith of Siege Warfare Paperback / softback

Illustrated by Peter Dennis

Part of the Campaign series

Description

At 0310 hours on 7 June 1917, the pre-dawn gloom on the Western Front was shattered by the 'pillars of fire' - the rapid detonation of 19 huge mines, secreted in tunnels under the German lines and containing 450 tonnes of explosives.

Admitted by the Germans to be a 'masterstroke', the devastating blasts caused 10,000 soldiers to later be posted simply as 'missing'.

Launching a pre-planned attack into the carnage, supported by tanks and a devastating artillery barrage, the British took the strategic objective of Messines Ridge within hours.

A rare example of innovation and success in the First World War, this book is a fresh and timely examination of a fascinating campaign.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 96 pages, Illustrations (some col.)
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781846038457

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