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Born Fighters: who were the Tunnellers?

My paper to the conference ‘The Great War Underground’ held at the National Army Museum on 2 November 2013. It draws on research into members of 179th and 185th Tunnelling Companies at La Boisselle 1915-1916. Most of the photographs have been kindly supplied by descendants who also provided me with diaries, letters, memoirs and personal reminiscences.  My book on tunnelling at La Boisselle has been a long-term research project for many years (see links to articles below).


Join me on a battlefield tour with The Cultural Experience:

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Tunnellers 12th – 15th June 2020

Walking the Somme 29th May – 1st June 2020

Medics & Padres 30th July – 2nd August 2020

Walking Ypres Autumn 2021


British and German mine systems at La Boisselle. (c) GoogleEarth and Simon Jones

The Story of Lochnagar Crater


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Joe & Tom: Shirebrook Miners in the Tunnellers


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Virtual Tour of La Boisselle Trenches and Tunnels


Men of 179th and 185th Tunnelling Companies, Royal Engineers


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2018 Battlefield Tours


Learn more about the exploration and archaeology of the trenches and tunnels at La Boisselle for which I am principal historian visit the La Boisselle Study Group website.


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