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Messines Ridge



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The latest in the Battleground Europe series of books covers the terrible Battle of Messines which was preceded by 19 mine explosions, the biggest mining effort in history. Additional sections include maps & cover car tours, memorials & cemeteries.






The latest in the Battleground Europe series of books covers the terrible Battle of Messines which was preceded by 19 mine explosions, the biggest mining effort in history. Additional sections include maps & cover car tours, memorials & cemeteries.


The ridge between the town and Messines was held by 600 men of the 6th Dragoon Guards and survivors of the London Scottish Regiments against six German battalions odds of 121. After the debacle of Arras Allied attention turned to Haigs longawaited Flanders offensive. On 21 May the British guns began a devastatingly effective preliminary bombardment that lasted for 17 days. The village was taken from the 1st Cavalry Division by the German 26th Division on 31 October1 November 1914. The day we visited Messines Ridge there was a howling gale and intermittent pouring rain. Almost immediately New Zealand troops of the 2nd and 3rd Rifle Brigades left their trenches and advanced towards the ridge in front of them .


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