UNDERGROUND WARFARE 1914-1918 by Simon Jones

By Simon Jones

Simon Jones's image heritage of underground war throughout the nice warfare makes use of own recollections to show the chance and suspense of this unconventional type of clash. He describes how the underground squaddies of the opposing armies engaged in a ruthless struggle for supremacy, covers the tunneling tools they hired, and exhibits the more and more deadly strategies they constructed through the struggle within which army mining reached its apotheosis. He concentrates at the fight for ascendancy via the British tunneling businesses at the Western Front.

But his wide-ranging research additionally tells the tale of the little identified yet attention-grabbing subterranean battles fought within the French sectors of the Western entrance and among the Austrians and the Italians within the Alps that have by no means been defined earlier than in English. brilliant own testimony is mixed with a lucid account of the technical demanding situations - and ever-present perils - of tunneling with a purpose to provide an all-round perception into the intense event of this underground warfare.

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"...well written and researched and straightforward to follow....wide ranging and fascinating... an excellent narrative mixed with a range of pictures, diagrams and maps exhibiting tunnels and kit used to construct and inhabit them make this a impressive book."The nice battle journal, united kingdom, 05/2010

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By the end of January, the troops had been well practiced in advance guard formations and attacks. " Little did the CO know that events occurring to the east were soon to involve his battalion and break that monotony . In January, a large Turki h force consisting of three columns commenced its arduous march across the forbidding Sinai Desert with the aim of capturing the Suez Canal and threatening Cairo. Reconnaissance had already alerted tlle British to the presence of Turkish troops in the Sinai, and on the night -28- mE SANDS OF EGYPT of 3rd February, small parties of Turks from the 25th Division, attempted to cross the Canal just to the north of Serapeum, but all were repulsed.

The delights of the local countryside captivated Private Turnbull: After landing and skirmishing over some hills, we had a spell. It was good to he amongst the clover, oats, sweet pea and poppies after the everlasting sands ofMena. Similar sentiments were also expressed by Private David Mills of No 8 Platoon, B Company, but his wish to return to Lemnos was soon thwarted when he was killed during the Landing at Anzac: We have hegun to get a hit discontented with our lot, as we are packed uncomfortahly tight, hut the welcome hreak was made yesterday when our Company had their turn to go on shore ...

They are a rough devil may care lot. The 8th Battalion'S first Christmas away from home wa a most forgettable on , as the Christmas dinner left a Jot to be desired. Although the menu consisted of "inevitabl tew" and rice and rai ins, some of the men augmented the stark meal with buns, jam and oranges. After lunch some of the men climbed the Cheops Pyramid and later had bread and jam for tea. Despite the paUCity of the festivities, Private Taylor still described it as "a bOl1Zer day". Cyril Btyant, a 24 year old motor trimmer from Ballarat, dutifully wrote to his mother on Christmas Day: Pte Cyril Bryant.

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