Crumps and Camouflets

Australian Companies Tunnelling on the Western Front

Damien Finlayson

The first complete history of Australia's role in the tunnelling war of 1914-1919, of the men and the units in which they served, and of life in the tomb-like tunnels of the war underground.
Date Published :
March 2016
Publisher :
Big Sky Publishing
Language:
English
Illustration :
b/w photos throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9780980658255
Pages : 480
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$29.95

Overview
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Below the shattered ground that separated the British and German infantry on the Western Front in the First World War, an unseen and largely unknown war was raging, fought by miners, ‘tunnelers’ as they were known. They knew that, at any moment, their lives could be extinguished without warning by hundreds of tons of collapsed earth and debris. Australian tunneling companies took part in the battles of Fromelles, Arras, Messines, Passchendaele, Cambrai, the defense of Amiens, Lys, and the famous last 100 days. Crumps and Camouflets, is the first complete history of Australia’s role in the tunneling war of 1914-1919, of the men and units in which they served, and of life in the tomblike tunnels of the war underground.

About The Author
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Damien Finlayson is an amateur military historian with a special interest in the First World War. He has worked as a hydrogeologist with a private consulting company for the past twenty years and holds a Bachelor and Master degree in science. Damien is a member of the Western Front Association. His articles on the Australian tunnelling companies have appeared in the association’s journal Stand To! and the journal of the Australian Military Historical Society, Sabretache.

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