One Great War recently reviewed Beneath Hill 60 by Will Davies for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012. Here’s an excerpt:
This book is a very readable piece of nonfiction. It relies heavily on Woodward’s diaries, but situates them in the broader context of the war, tunnelling activities that the Germans and allies undertook, and the movements of the AIF generally. It also provides some technical details of tunnelling, which you can either focus on or skim according to your wont (I skimmed). Davies gives prominence to the bravery and engineering skill of other tunnellers, mostly on the allied side, including the tunnelling at Gallipoli, which I had never really considered, and famous explosions such as that at Hooge. He also talks about the various horrid ways the tunnellers could die, and the effects on the nerves of the men, both those in the mines, and those above it, who were constantly paranoid about the enemy tunnelling activities.
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