"UNFORGETTABLE HISTORY, UNFORGETTABLE BOOKS"

SPECIALISING IN ORIGINAL, RARE AND EXPANDED AUSTRALIAN UNIT HISTORIES

The Battle of Messines

$18.00

18 reward points

 Out of Stock 

To be notified when this product is back in stock please click here.

Title: The Battle of Messines

Author: Deayton, Craig

Condition: Mint

Edition: 1st Edition

Publication Date: 2017

ISBN: 9781925520569

Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket - 172 pages

Comments: On 7 June 1917, the British Second Army launched its attack on Messines Ridge, detonating 19 giant mines beneath the German front-line positions. By the end of the day, one of the strongest positions on the Western Front had fallen, a place of such importance that the Germans had pledged to hold it at any cost. It was the greatest British victory in three years of war.

The first two years of the First World War had represented an almost unending catalogue of disaster for the Australians. Messines was not only their first real victory, it was also the first test in senior command for Major General John Monash who commanded the newly formed 3rd Division and would later be hailed as Australia’s greatest soldier. Messines was a baptism of fire for the 3rd Division which came into the line alongside the battle-scarred 4th Australian Division, badly mauled at Bullecourt just six weeks earlier in one of the worst defeats of the war. The fighting at Messines would descend into unimaginable savagery, a lethal and sometimes hand-to- hand affair of bayonets, clubs, bombs and incessant machine- gun fire, described by one Australian as ‘72 hours of Hell’. After their string of bloody defeats over 1915 and 1916, Messines would be the ultimate test for the Australians. 


  • Item: RB15259
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65kgs


Do you like this product? Share it with your friends:

This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 05 August, 2017.

Let us notify you when this product is back in stock!

Simply enter your details below and we will send you an e-mail when “The Battle of Messines” is back in stock!

We will not send you any other e-mails or add you to our newsletter, you will only be e-mailed about this product!





Your IP Address is: 54.198.113.51
Copyright © 2017 Regimental Books. - Australian Military Books.