The War Underground 1914–18: Tactics and Equipment (Elite #256) (Paperback)

The War Underground 1914–18: Tactics and Equipment (Elite #256) By Simon Jones, Adam Hook (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Simon Jones, Adam Hook (Illustrator)
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This absorbing illustrated study reveals the evolving tactics and techniques used by all sides in the underground war during 1914–18.

Covering the Western Front but also the Gallipoli and Italian theatres, this study explores three aspects of World War I below ground: military mining, attack tunnels and dugouts. In 1914–17, the underground war was a product of static trench warfare, essential to survive it and part of both sides' attempts to overcome it. In 1917–18 it was rendered largely obsolete by the development of the all-arms battle as mobility was restored to the battlefield.

In the stagnant, troglodyte existence of trench warfare, military mining was a hidden world of heroism and terror in which hours of suspenseful listening were spent monitoring the steady picking of unseen opponents, edging quietly towards the enemy, and judging when to fire a charge. Break-ins to enemy mine galleries resulted in hand-to-hand fighting in the darkness. The ingenuity, claustrophobia and tactical importance of the underground war are discussed and depicted in this fully illustrated study from an acknowledged expert. The artwork plates include depictions of the specialized uniforms, weapons and equipment used underground, as well as vignettes that vividly convey the many aspects of subterranean warfare during World War I.

About the Author

Simon Jones, a former curator at the Royal Engineers and King's Liverpool Regiment museums, has written many well-received articles on gas and mine warfare.

Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specializes in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on subjects as diverse as the Aztecs, the Ancient Greeks, Roman battle tactics, 19th-century American subjects, the modern Chinese Army, and the history of fortification. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472861054
ISBN-10: 1472861051
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: May 21st, 2024
Pages: 64
Language: English
Series: Elite