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Messines 1917: The Zenith of Siege Warfare (SC) - Osprey - OS7225

Messines 1917: The Zenith of Siege Warfare (SC) - Osprey - OS7225


 
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Campaign 225. 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 tons 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; 96 pages.