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4.0 out of 5 stars Adds to our understanding, 25 Mar 2010
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Chris Baker "The Long, Long Trail man" (Leamington Spa, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Underground Warfare 1914-1918 (Hardcover)
Simon Jones' "Underground warfare" is a welcome addition to work covering the mining and sapping operations on the Western Front. The subject has received little (but generally high quality) coverage in the past but attention has been raised in recent years by TV documentaries and the novel "Birdsong". Certainly more people are now aware that there were teams of engineers and navvies at work, fighting a claustrophobic and deadly war below the trenches.

This book takes us through the evolution of underground warfare, beginning with a brief history of military mining since the 1700's, through the tentative work in France in 1914 and 1915, to the spectacular tactical effects of mine and tunnel works in 1916 and 1917. I was particularly glad to see that it spans German and French efforts, as well as the British, and provides perhaps the best overview to date. The subject is necessarily technical, but Jones manages very well the difficult balance between providing enough coverage of the engineering and munitions aspects and making the book a readable work that will appeal to many. It should not be regarded as a reference work for military mining, but as an excellent overview of how it came about, why it was considered important, what took place and the effects it had. Similarly it is not a history of the Royal Engineers Tunnelling Companies, although their formation, organisation and command are covered and indeed British organisation of its underground work is considered by the author to be superior to the German. It is illustrated with plenty of useful diagrams, maps, technical drawings and photographs.

I certainly enjoyed reading it, learned a few things and can recommend it to anyone interested in trench warfare. The Great War was not just about infantry going "over the top" and "Underground warfare" adds to our understanding of a key aspect of the fighting.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thorough study of an often forgotten aspect of warfare., 25 Sep 2011
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I. Fry (Wiltshire, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This book provides a great deal of information about the development and use of mining by the opposing armies during WWI. It is well researched and eminently readable. Simon Jones, the author, is part of the La Boisselle Study Group which is undertaking extensive archaeological research at "The Glory Hole" on the July 1st 1916 Battle of the Somme front line. If you are a traveller to the battlefields of the First World War I highly recommend you read this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a great gift, 12 Jun 2013
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MY father loved it and couldn't put it down. "With great illustrations but still a fare bit of cleverly crafted writing" (I quote my father)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book My grandfather was there and worked in the ..., 30 July 2014
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Robert Penman - See all my reviews
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Amazing book
My grandfather was there and worked in the tunnels.
This give me an insight on his experience during the 1st World War
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underground Warfare 1914-1918, 7 May 2010
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Well researched and informative .Contains details from British, French and German sources to give details from all combatants
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Underground Warfare 1914-1918 by Simon Jones (Hardcover - 18 Feb 2010)
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