Tunnelling Companies RE

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Tunnelling Companies RE

Postby Birdsong » Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:03 pm

I would appreciate it if anyone could help me find more information, books, websites etc about the RE Tunnelling Companies of the Great War.
I have a copy of War Underground by Alexander Barrie.
Is there anyone else in the re-enactment community who has an interest in this subject?

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Tunnelling Companies

Postby Birmingham Fusilier » Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:44 pm

For the answerr to all your Great War queries see

http://europeanww1lh.forumup.be/index.p ... opeanww1lh

My Living History Group actually demonstrated some aspects of tunnelling at The Coltman Trench at Whittington Barracks a few years ago. The first tunnellers were civies from the Black Country in the Midlands.

Hope this helps


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Postby Hobbitstomper » Tue Feb 21, 2006 5:16 pm

There are specific groups interested in looking at caves, mines and other underground stuff.
Groups interested in mines tend to be older (because you walk around them without doing difficult stuff). Groups interested in coal mines have very old members (because you can't go in to them so you visit the site and then go to the pub).

For contacts/links try:

Another useful book could be "Secret Underground Cities" which is about WWII underground factories.

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Postby nattyjack » Wed Feb 22, 2006 5:42 pm

my grandfather was a sapper in ww1, but one of my living histoty portrails is that of a bevin boy (conscripted miner). people (the public!) often think i'm a ww1 miner so they definately need education

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