Beneath Hill 60

The Tunnellers War

(Bespoke Private Tour)

"Gentlemen, we may not make history tomorrow, but we shall certainly change the geography." 

These were the words of General Plumer on the day before the Battle of Messines Ridge, 7th June 1917.  

The story of the underground war starts in 1915 and culminates by 1917 with over 200 mine explosions in West Flanders and 20,000 men working underground in the Ypres Salient.

This tour covers sites such as:

Railway Wood: The scene of at least 38 mine detonations, and Royal Engineers' Grave Memorial, commemorating the tunnelers whose bodies still remain deep beneath the ground in the Railway Wood Sector.

 Hooge Crater: The site of at least 8 major craters.

The Bluff: 16 mines were detonated here.

Hill 60: At least 27 mines were detonated here including the breath-taking  Caterpillar Crater.

Railway Dugouts Cemetery: To visit the graves of men of the 1st Australian Tunneling Coy who perished in their worst single loss of the war.

St Eloi: At least 20 mines detonated including the massive Victoria crater.

Spanbroekmolen ( the Pool of Peace) crater.

Our final stop is at the Ploegsteert memorial to the missing to hear the story of the single VC awarded to the tunnelers in the Great War.

Please note this is a full day tour and we will be crossing some rough and uneven ground. 

To book this great tour or to ask for further information including pricing, please click below.

© 2019 Ypres Battlefield Tours. 

Roger Steward

Tour Guide

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