The war underground has fascinated visitors to the battlefields from the very beginning of battlefield pilgrimages in the years immediately after the Armistice, and locations such as Hill 60 and the Grange Subway at Vimy have always been popular stops on such tours. This volume looks mainly at central Artois, comprising the whole line of the Vimy Ridge to the River Scarpe and Arras. Included are the use of ancient underground quarries, taking Roeux as a good example. There are extensive descriptions of mining on and around Vimy Ridge, including photography and explanations of systems that have been accessed recently but are closed to the public, such as the Goodman Subway.
The narrative draws on French and German as well as British archival material, and personal descriptions. The text is illustrated with numerous diagrams and maps, in particular from the British and German records, and there is an exhaustive guide to the Grange Subway. Other sites open to the public, in particular the Wellington Cave system at Arras, are also explained and put into context.
UNDERGROUND WAR Vimy Ridge to Arras
The war beneath the trenches was an important feature of the Great War, and has always fascinated visitors to the western front – particularly with the recent opening up of previously hidden subterranean systems. This book, drawn from British, French and German sources, focuses on mining operations in Artois around Arras, and in particular features the tunnels beneath Vimy Ridge.