The mainly forgotten story of the British and Australian tunnellers and their work on theBelgian Coast during the Great War.
Based on historical documents, military archives,regimental records, testimonies and more than 350 photographs and pictures, the bookcovers the fighting around the Belgian coastal town of Nieuwpoort. Kristof Jacobs explores the presence of British and Australian soldiers at the Ijzer estuaryin the build up to Third Ypres and highlights the work in the dunes including that of theRoyal Engineers, the Dorset Regiment, the 135th Siege Battery, 2nd Australian TunnellingCompany and Operation Hush and the diary of Major W.
E. Buckingham. First-handaccounts are included throughout and complimented with the story of eighteen-year oldBert Fearns (1898-1997) a veteran from the 2nd/6th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers who endedup in Nieuwpoort in 1917.
It was his story that first inspired the research for this book byJacobs.