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War Underground

(1962)
The Tunnellers of the Great War
A non fiction book by

 
This definitive history of Tunnellers and mining operations on the Western Front in World War I tells the fascinating and unknown story in a detailed but accessible way. - In 1914 the British Army was gloriously unprepared; it took an Imperial adventurer, businessman and Conservative MP, one Norton Griffiths, better known as Empire Jack, to convince the military authorities that not only was mining a possibility in the Flanders mud, but that without a mining organization the army would soon be underrun by the Germans. Norton Griffiths got his way and soon proved he was right.

- There were over 20,000 men on each side, British and German, actively engaged in attempting to blow the enemy out of his trenches.

- There were miles and miles of tunnels under the muddy battlefields of France and Flanders, some with chambers as large as decent sized rooms, filled with explosives.

- Small charges were laid to bring down the enemy's tunnel on his head - sometimes tunnels met and there was hand-to-hand fighting and firing in the dark and confined space 100 feet below ground.

- Painstakingly researched from many interviews with veteran tunnelers and official records.

    


Hardback Editions

October 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: War Underground
Author(s): Alexander Barrie
ISBN: 1-258-50843-5 / 978-1-258-50843-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC
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Paperback Editions

October 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: War Underground
Author(s): Alexander Barrie
ISBN: 1-258-51543-1 / 978-1-258-51543-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC
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November 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: War Underground: The Tunnellers of the Great War
Author(s): Alexander Barrie
ISBN: 1-86227-081-3 / 978-1-86227-081-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Spellmount Publishers Ltd
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October 1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: War Underground: The Tunnellers of the Great War
Author(s): Alexander Barrie
ISBN: 1-871085-00-4 / 978-1-871085-00-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Spellmount Publishers Ltd
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November 1981 : UK Paperback
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Title: War Underground: The Tunnellers of the Great War (War in the twentieth century)
Author(s): Alexander Barrie
ISBN: 0-352-30970-9 / 978-0-352-30970-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Star
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