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Tunnellers: The Story of the Tunnelling Companies, Royal Engineers, during the World War

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 334 pages
Author: W. Grieve & B. Newman
Year: (1936) 2001
ISBN: 9781843420835
Other: b&w photos, maps, index
Publisher: Naval & Military Press

A history of the Tunnelling Companies, Royal Engineers, during the Great War and the war underground. Thirty-two British and Dominion companies were formed. Their tasks included dealing with booby traps, demolitions and anti-tank mines.

In all twenty-five British, three Australian, three Canadian and one New Zealand company were formed. After a shaky start in December 1914 the miners of the BEF gradually overcame their opposite numbers in the grim warfare under the trenches, and had finally defeated them by the time of Messines in June 1917. But, as the narrative shows, the war for the miners did not end there as they fought through the German Spring 1918 offensive and the BEF's Advance to Victory. Demolitions, booby traps, neutralising anti-tank mines, even fighting as infantry (No 1 and No 2 RE Battalions) were among the tasks and roles allotted to them.

This is undoubtedly the best and most comprehensive account of the war underground, a history of the Tunnelling Companies, RE, during the Great War.

1. The Birth of the Tunnelling Companies
2. 1915
3. Gallipoli
4. Spring, 1916
5. The Somme, 1916
6. Arras, 1917
7. Givenchy, The Bluff - and Elsewhere
8. Fosse 8
9. Nieuport, 1917
10. Messines, 1917
11. Passchendaele
12. The March Retreat, 1918
13. Givenchy and the Lys, 1918
14. The Turn of the Tide
15. The Tunnellers' Friends

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