YouTube Talk – Underground Warfare 1914-1918

In this presentation I describe the techniques and technology that civilian miners and mining engineers brought to the tunnelling war. Thanks to Subterranea Britannica for providing the platform.

Join me on a battlefield tour with The Cultural Experience:

Tunnellers on the Western Front: The Underground War, 15th-18th September 2023

Aerial photo WW1 mine explosion craters Messines

Virtual Tour of Trenches and Tunnels excavated at La Boisselle


Click on the above image to access high-quality interactive panoramas created by PAN360 show the archaeological excavation of the battlefield at La Boisselle on the Somme in 2012.  Then click on the circles on the map.  The trenches and tunnels date from 1914-1916 when there was fierce fighting over the sector which was called by the British the ‘Glory Hole’. A three-year excavation phase has ended and reports are being completed for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles Picardie. More information about the project is on the La Boisselle Study Group website.

Join me on a battlefield tour with The Cultural Experience:

Simon Jones Battlefield Tour Somme Poets 2019

Tunnellers 4th – 7th June 2021

The War Poets: Words, Music and Landscapes Summer 2021

First & Last Shots Summer 2021

Medics & Padres 29th July – 1st August 2021

The Ypres Salient War Poets 30th September – 3rd October 2021

Walking Ypres Autumn 2021

Walking the Somme Spring 2022

Simon Jones Battlefield Tour bear gryllsMore Information about Battlefield Tours

Underground Warfare

For a limited period I am offering my book Underground Warfare 1914-1918 for £10 UK (including 2nd Class postage) or £14 Europe or £16 Rest of the World (including international standard postage). Contact me for payment details (PayPal preferred).


The Men Who Dug The Lochnagar Mine


Shirebrook Miners in the Tunnelling Companies

Contact me