Western Front Association conference held: 'The Great War Underground'

Posted on centenarynews.com on 04 November 2013
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The Western Front Association and National Army Museum have held a conference focusing on tunnelling during the First World War: The Great War Underground.

It took place at the National Army Museum in London on Saturday 2nd November 2013.

Centenary News filmed the conference and the videos will be streamed to the website in the coming days.


Andy Prada, An introduction to military mining - Examines the different purposes of military mining in the context of military history.

Professor Peter Doyle, The Geology of the Western Front - Explains the impact that geology had on mining activities.

Peter Barton, A Deadly Rhythm - Military mining during the Great War - a technical view for the layman.

David Hedges, Canadian Graffiti in Maison Blanche - The story of the research into the graffiti carved by the Canadians who sheltered in a recently discovered, ancient underground quarry.

Dr Ritchie Wood, Welsh miners on the Western Front - The story of the Welsh miners before, during, and after the war.

Simon Jones, Born fighters: Who were the tunnellers? - Personal biographies will be used to explain who the Tunnellers were and how their special skills led to their amazing success.

Images courtesy of the Western Front Association website

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News