A very detailed account of an often forgotten part of the First World War,
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I bought this book as my great-grandfather was a Sergeant in the 251st Tunneling Company Royal Engineers. He never talked about the war to his son and for years all we knew was that he fought in the war and was a Sergeant. I was eventually able to research what unit he was in but I could not find much information on what the actual unit did.
This book, first published only a few decades after the end pf the Great War, gives a good narrative of what the tunnelers, like my great-grandfather, went through. It is set out in a simple chronological narrative with each chapter focusing on a certain battle or campaign that the tunnelers were involved in, for example the battle at Givenchy in 1918 where tunnelers, including my great-grandfather, were actually fighting in the front lines against on of the last great German offensives of the war.
The book is an excellent read and, in my opinion, should be considered one of the definitive accounts of a part of the war that is almost forgotten today. It should not only appeal to people like myself, who had relatives in the tunneling companies, but to any student of the Great War.