Messines 1917

The zenith of siege warfare

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Messines 1917

The zenith of siege warfare

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

Product details

Published 10 Aug 2010
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846038457
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 87 b/w; 53 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 225
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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