- By Alexander Turner Peter Dennis

Messines 1917: The zenith of siege warfare

  • Title: Messines 1917: The zenith of siege warfare
  • Author: Alexander Turner Peter Dennis
  • ISBN: 9781846038457
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Paperback
  • Messines The zenith of siege warfare At hours on June the pre dawn gloom on the Western Front was shattered by the pillars of fire the rapid detonation of huge mines secreted in tunnels under the German lines and contain

    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 LaunchiAt 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 1914 1918 , this book is a fresh and timely examination of a fascinating campaign.

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    1. In June, 1917, the British blew up 19 different mines that had been dug under German lines and filled with explosives. The result was devastating to German positions. With tanks and artillery support, British troops were able to secure an advanced position within a short period of time. This slender Osprey volume provides a chronology, a description of opposing commanders, differing plans by the combatants, and a description of the battle itself.

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