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When a tunnel was completed after several days of sweating labour, tons of explosive charges were stacked at the end and primed ready for firing.

Careful calculations were made to ensure that the centre of the explosion would be bang under the target area. This was an underground battle against time, with both sides competing against each other to blast great holes through the earth above. With listening apparatus the rival gangs could judge each other's progress, and draw conclusions.

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A continual contest went on. As soon as a mine was blasted, preparations for a new tunnel were started. On at least one occasion British and German miners clashed and fought underground, when the final partition of earth between them suddenly collapsed. On the completion of one of the mines, the troops in the danger area withdrew when zero time for detonation was imminent. If the resultant crater had to be captured, an infantry storming party would be ready to rush forward and beat Jerry to it.

Some of the craters measured over a hundred feet across the top, descending funnell-wise to a depth of at least thirty feet.

At the moment of explosion the ground trembled violently in a miniature earthquake. Then, like an enormous pie crust rising up, slowly at first, the bulging mass of earth crackled in thousands of fissures as it erupted. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Review quote " A super narrative combined with a selection of photos, diagrams and maps showing tunnels and equipment used to build and inhabit them make this a remarkable book.

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He describes how the underground soldiers of the opposing armies engaged in a ruthless fight for supremacy, covers the tunnelling methods they employed, and shows the increasingly lethal tactics they developed during the war in which military mining reached its apotheosis. While he concentrates on the struggle for supremacy by the British tunnelling companies on the Western Front, his wide-ranging study also tells the story of the little-known but fascinating subterranean battles fought in the French sectors.

Vivid personal testimony is combined with a lucid account of the technical challenges - and ever-present perils - of tunnelling in order to give an all-round insight into the extraordinary experience of this underground war. Author Jones, S. Title Underground Warfare Details English text, 8 pages with bw-photographs, many bw-drawings and maps. We also recommend this article. The Somme then and now.

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Somme 1 July Tragedy and triumph. Die Deutschen an der Somme Krieg, Besatzung, Verbrannte Erde. Somme, 1st July An interactive Tour of the Southern Somme Battlefield. Fields of Death.

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