The Company History

1. Call To Pick & Shovel

A Tunneller Story

Robert Victor Hedge

A Tunneller Story

Marijan George Berosh

The Company History

2. The Way To War

The Company History

3. Beneath Artois' Fields

A Tunneller Story

David Champ

A Tunneller Story

Fred Hooper

The Company History

4. Tunnelling Under Arras

The Company History

5. Always Digging

A Tunneller Story

Charles Neville Collins

A Tunneller Story

Evan William Jones

The Company History

6. Bridging at the End

The Company History

7. After the Armistice

A Tunneller Story

Samuel Eaton

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The Kiwis
Also Dig Tunnels

By Anthony Byledbal

1914. The belligerents were engaged in a fierce and daily battle under the trenches of the Western Front. Inside tunnels dug beneath the no man's land, special soldiers excavated and listened tirelessly to protect the lines on the surface and destroy the enemy galleries.

1915. Recruited for their tunnelling experience, James Williamson, Harold Howard, George Race and Gerald Punch, four New Zealand volunteers, embarked with their special unit to take part in this secret war. However, on the other side of the earth, this deadly game was already to the advantage of the German miners.

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The Moles
of the Great War

Edited by Anthony Byledbal

From the first months of the War, the belligerents revived the military mining, a nearly forgotten method of underground warfare. However, the Armies were badly prepared for it. On both sides of the front, the effort was considerable to adapt to the underground constraints and to undertake a blind fight under the greatest secret.

Civilian miners were quickly called to the battlefied, especially in the British Royal Engineers which gathered them in companies specialised for this underground conflict. Their skills were essential, but the labour class from which they came from was marked by a strong culturalism, making their time in the uniform an original experience.

This book collects six contributions of european researchers, including three in French and only their summary is translated.


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