- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Uniform (24 July 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1910500100
- ISBN-13: 978-1910500101
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Subterranean Sappers: A History of 177 Tunnelling Company RE from 1915 to 1919 Paperback – 24 Jul 2015
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About the Author
Iain served 17 years in the army with the Royal Military Police in Germany, Northern Ireland, UK, Norway, Sardinia, Egypt, Bosnia, Kosovo, Canada, Sierra Leone and Belgium. He currently lives in Ypres and works as a WW1 historian, researcher and guide specialising in the history of the Western Front and the Palestine Campaign during WW1 Published to coincide with the centenary of the formation of the Company.
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Whilst this book will answer a lot of your questions on the underground war and tunnelling companies it also demonstrates their versatility in conducting other activities. The work of these companies did not cease in 1917 after Messines; this book highlights the changing role of these companies as the nature of trench warfare changed.
This book is not a dry blow-by-blow account regurgitating previous material. The author has weaved primary sources and previously unpublished material to recreate the story of this company. His account brings to life the personalities of some of the men of this company as they lived and died. Throughout the book are excellent colour maps enabling the reader to find locations whilst walking the battlefields today.
If you have an ancestor who served with this unit this book will help you understand where they served, what they did and what their lifestyle was like. Likewise, to those with a general interest in the underground war in the Great War this book will be an excellent addition to your collection when few tunnelling companies have been written on.
Even though I was a history major in college, my familiarity with events on the Western Front during WWI was sketchy at best. Mr. McHenry's book illuminated a portion of the war I had known nothing about. One thinks of armies marching to battle, but these sappers spent their war beneath the ground, digging their way under enemy lines in order to blow them up, all the while avoiding the Germans who were doing their own digging! The author focuses on the men of the 177 Tunnelling Company who daily risked being gassed, bombed, or buried alive to fulfill their mission. I highly recommend this book to you if you want a new appreciation for what "life in the trenches" was really like.
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