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Battle of Messines, June 14, 1917Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Battle of Messines, June 14, 1917

Description: British soldiers clear an abandoned German trench at Messines Ridge at the Battle of Messines (June 7, 1917-June 14, 1917), a decisive Allied victory. This battle was launched by the British Second Army under the command of Field Marshal Herbert Plumer (March 13, 1857-July 16, 1932). Plumer was considered one of the best British field commanders on the Western Front in WWI, a meticulous planner who sought to minimize his casualties (he was critical of the suicidal assaults ordered by his superiors in the war) and was much loved by his men. Before sending his troops forward to capture the vital German stronghold at Messines Ridge, he had hundreds of sappers tunnel beneath the German defenses where they planted nineteen mines, detonating these mines simultaneously just before the attack and creating the loudest explosion ever heard on the Western Front to that time. The British achieved all their objectives within a short time, but at the cost of more than 23,000 casualties, while German casualties exceeded 25,000. Much of the shredded wood seen in this photo was the result of the exploding British mines.

Category: World War I

Keywords: WWI, World War I, Great War, First World War, Messines Ridge, Battle of Messines, British soldiers, British army, trenches, trench warfare, British military personnel, British troops, battles, battlefields, battlegrounds, mines, explosions, detonations

Orientation: Landscape

Dimensions: 2625 x 1749 (4.59 MPixels) (3:2)

Print Size: 22.2 x 14.8 cm; 8.8 x 5.8 inches

File Size: 13.16 MB (13,804,004 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000048585

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection


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