Messines 1917

Messines 1917

The zenith of siege warfare

Campaign 225
  • Author: Alexander Turner
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Short code: CAM 225
  • Publication Date: 10 Aug 2010
  • ISBN: 9781846038457
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
Users in the USA and Canada please select your location at the top of this page to see prices in your currency. Users in the UK and the Rest of the World will be billed in GBP.

Availability: In stock

Regular Price: $21.95

Special Price: $17.56

About this Product

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.

Biographical Note

Alexander Turner is a serving British Army officer in the Irish Guards. His operational experience includes Northern Ireland, Kosovo, the Iraq War of 2003 and service as a United Nations Military Observer. He has a BA in War Studies from King's College, London and is a graduate of the UK Command and Staff College. He is also the author of Campaign 151: Vimy Ridge 1917 and Campaign 187: Cambrai 1917.Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

Contents

Origins of the campaign
Chronology
Opposing commanders
Opposing forces
Opposing plans
The battle of Messines
Aftermath
The battlefield today
Further reading
Index

You may also be interested in the following product(s)

Close