'Messines 1917 - The Zenith of Siege Warfare' by Lt. Col. Alex Turner
From 03 June 2017 13:30 until 14:30
Posted by David Tattersfield
0207 118 1914
Categories: WFA national events and conferences
On 7 June 1917, the pre-dawn gloom on the Western Front was shattered by the 'pillars of fire' - the rapid detonation of 19 huge mines, secreted in tunnels under the German lines and containing 450 tonnes of explosives. Admitted by the Germans to be a 'masterstroke', the devastating blasts caused 10,000 soldiers to later be posted simply as 'missing'.
Launching a pre-planned attack into the carnage, supported by tanks and a devastating artillery barrage, the British took the strategic objective of Messines Ridge within hours.
In this presentation, Lt Alex Turner will give us an insight into this unique battle.