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Beneath Hill 60 - Will Davies

Paperback Published: 1st March 2011
ISBN: 9781864711264
Number Of Pages: 304

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The story of the Australian miners and soldiers who tunnelled under Hill 60 near Ypres and eventually broke through to create a new frontline and enable the march to Berlin.

'Ten seconds, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one - fire! Down goes the firing switch. At first, nothing. Then from deep down there comes a low rumble, and it as if the world is spliting apart...'

On 7 June 1917, 19 massive mines shattered the Messines ridge near Ypres. Ten thousand German soldiers died and the largest man-made explosion in history up until that time smashed open the German frontline.

Two of these mines, at Hill 60 and the Caterpillar, were fired my men of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company, made up of miners and engineers rather than parade-ground soldiers.

This is the untold, devastatingly brutal story of the battle underground during the First World War, where men suffocated in the blue-grey clay, drowned in the liquid chalk, choked on the poisonous air or died violently in the darkness and foetid air in hand-to-hand fighting.

Written by Will Davies, bestselling author of Somme Mud and In the Footsteps of Private Lynch, Beneath Hill 60 tells the complete and inspiring story behind the major motion picture.

About the Author

Will Davies is a historian, writer and filmmaker. Somme Mud: The war experiences of an Australian infantryman in France 1916-1919, which he edited, has become a bestseller in Australia and the UK and will soon be published in The Netherlands. In the Footsteps of Private Lynch has also been published to acclaim in Australia and the UK. He has recently written Beneath Hill 60 and edited Somme Mud: Young Readers' Edition for high school aged readers.

Introduction - 1
Prologue - 5

1. Mobility to Stalemate - 9
2. The War Goes Underground - 21
3. In the Darkness and Mud - 29
4. The Experience of Gallipoli - 37
5. White Feathers and the Call to Arms - 45
6. The Earthquake Idea - 55
7. Along the River Somme - 67
8. Misspent Energy and Wasted Effort - 79
9. Off to the Western Front - 91
10. Back Near Messines - 103
11. Just out from Armentières - 119
12. The Red House - 131
13. The First Big One - 137
14. Sojourn at Ploegsteert Wood - 147
15. The Move to Hill 60 - 157
16. A Month Today - 173
17. The Days Before - 189
18. After the Earthquake - 201
19. A New Role and a New Danger - 209
20. The Last Battle - 225

ISBN: 9781864711264
ISBN-10: 1864711264
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st March 2011
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 2

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