Beneath the Killing Fields (Hardback)
Exploring the Subterranean Landscapes of the Western Front
As featured by MailOnline - tunnel network reveals how First World War sappers battled beneath the Western Front as their comrades fought in the trenches above
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Beneath the Killing Fields of the Western Front still lies a hidden landscape of industrialised conflict virtually untouched since 1918. This subterranean world is an ambiguous environment filled with material culture that that objectifies the scope and depth of human interaction with the diverse conflict landscapes of modern war.
Covering the military reasoning for taking the war underground, as well as exploring the way that human beings interacted with these extraordinary alien environments, this book provides a more all-encompassing overview of the Western Front. The underground war was intrinsic to trench warfare and involved far more than simply trying to destroy the enemy’s trenches from below. It also served as a home to thousands of men, protecting them from the metallic landscapes of the surface.
With the aid of cutting edge fieldwork conducted by the author in these subterranean locales, this book combines military history, archaeology and anthropology together with primary data and unique imagery of British, French, German and American underground defences in order to explore the realities of subterranean warfare on the Western Front, and the effects on the human body and mind that living and fighting underground inevitably entailed.
Leonard, with lots of useful photographs, thoughtfully introduces us to this arena of war.Military History Monthly, August 2017
A well-written, deeply researched account of a unique type of warfare which also found a place in WW2 in the Pacific Islands like Okinawa, held to the very last man by the Japanese.Fortress Study Group No. 109
It is highly recommended especially for it's insight into the psychology of the men who dug, fought , lived or died in the blackness below the killing fields of Flanders.
This book is a thoroughly absorbing study of underground warfare during the First World War and how it evolved.The Battlefield Trust
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the part played in the First World War of this underground world.
As featured inThe Daily Mail 22/2/17
As featured inJournal for the Pillbox Study Group No. 67