Pillars of Fire: The Battle of Messines Ridge, 1917 by Ian Passingham

By Ian Passingham

Gentleman, we won't make historical past day after today, yet we will definitely swap the geography.’ So acknowledged common Plumer the day ahead of six hundred a whole lot explosives have been detonated lower than the German place on Messines Ridge. The explosion was once heard by way of Lloyd George in Downing road, and as distant as Dublin. until eventually 1918, Messines used to be the one transparent reduce Allied victory at the Western entrance, coming at a time while Britain and her allies wanted it such a lot: boosting Allied morale and shattering that of the Germans. accurately orchestrated, Messines used to be the 1st real all-arms smooth conflict which introduced jointly artillery, engineers, infantry, tanks, plane and administrative devices from a commonwealth of countries to defeat the typical enemy. So why is its identify now not as widespread because the Somme, Passchendaele or Verdun? This ebook examines the conflict for the Messines-Wytschaete Ridge from the British, ANZAC and German views. Illustrated with archive photos and maps, it's a significant contribution to our knowing of 1 of the seminal battles of the 1st international War.

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