on 20 March 2009
Another very interesting book on the Great War, by the prolific Peter Barton. Not bought a book yet by this author that has disappointed, thorough research on a relatively unknown aspect of the war, makes this well worth purchasing.
on 10 November 2010
I am researching for a planned novel about the Great War Tunnellers and this was a wonderful find. I bought it after meeting Johan Vandewalle, one of the authors. Johan fired up an already powerful urge to write my book. This comprehensive account is packed with technical facts but the human side is never lost. After you've read it, go to the places in it. Especially visit Anzac Rest cafe on the edge of Polygon Wood near Zonnebeke and talk to Johan. You will never forget the experience after reading this book.
on 30 May 2011
Having waited nearly two years for this book to come back into print I hoped the wait was worth it. I was not disappointed. Initially puzzled at the way the book starts by covering early seige warfare of castles etc I was tempted to skip on to the 'meat' of the subject. However, I would thoroughly recommend reading this book fully from the beginning in order to provide a greater/ better understanding of the whole concept of tunneling . The graphics are execellent and as to be expected from Mr Barton and colleagues, the subject is thoroughly researched.
Most impressive is the fact that such a dry subject with arguably limited appeal has been made into an extremely initeresting subject. The coverage of Messines tunneling should be especially mentioned. Ulimately the triumph of the Allies over their counterparts is proof that quirkiness and ingenuity would win over Prussian intransigence. An excellent read.