The Underground War - Vimy Ridge to Arras, by Phillip Robinson and Nigel Cave

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The Underground War - Vimy Ridge to Arras, by Phillip Robinson and Nigel Cave
The Underground War - Vimy Ridge to Arras, by Phillip Robinson and Nigel Cave

Published by Pen and Sword in 2014, 270 pages. Paperback (N6739)

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From the rear side cover: This is the first part of a planned four-volume series focusing on a hitherto largely neglected aspect of the Great War on the Western Front - the war underground....

This book looks mainly at the central Artois, the environs of the whole line of the Vimy Ridge to the River Scarpe and Arras. It does not aim to be a complete treatment of the intensive mining operations along this front. It concentrates on mining, in the area of Vimy Ridge, in Arras itself and at the use of ancient underground quarries, taking Roeux as a good example. There are extensive descriptions of mining on and around Vimy Ridge, including photography and explanations of systems that have been accessed recently but are closed to the public, such as the Goodman Subway.

The narrative draws on French and German archival material and personal descriptions. The text is illustrated with numerous diagrams and maps, in particular from the British and German records, and there is an exhaustive guide to the Grange Subway. Other sites open to the public, in particular the Wellington Cave, are also explained and put into context.
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