Digging in the dark: the underground war on the Western Front in WWI

Banks, I. (2014) Digging in the dark: the underground war on the Western Front in WWI. Journal of Conflict Archaeology, 9(3), pp. 156-178. (doi:10.1179/1574077314Z.00000000038)

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Abstract

Throughout the First World War, with the trenches largely static, the combatants tried to break the deadlock by tunnelling under one another’s trenches. The Tunnelling Companies of the British Royal Engineers were engaged in a bitter struggle against German Pioneers that left both sides with heavy casualties. A project to determine the location of one particular act of heroism in that underground war has resulted in the erection of a monument to the Tunnellers at Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée in northern France.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Tunnelling Companies; Royal Engineers; William Hackett; Tunnellers’ Memorial; mine warfare
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Banks, Dr Iain
Authors: Banks, I.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Research Group:Centre for Battlefield Archaeology
Journal Name:Journal of Conflict Archaeology
Journal Abbr.:JCA
Publisher:W. S. Maney & Son Ltd
ISSN:1574-0773
ISSN (Online):1574-0781
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 W. S. Maney & Son Ltd
First Published:First published in Journal of Conflict Archaeology 9(3):156-178
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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