Pillars of fire the battle of messines ridge is a comprehensive study of the world war i battle at messines on the whole author ian passingham is able to write in a clear accessible manner but there are moments where the writing seems dull and too focused on the small details. Pillars of fire the battle of messines ridge june 1917 ian passingham on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers gentlemen i do not know whether we shall change history tomorrow but we shall certainly alter the geography. The battle of messines 7 14 june 1917 was conducted by the british second army general sir herbert plumer on the western front near the village of messines in west flanders belgium during the first world war. Get this from a library pillars of fire the battle of messines ridge june 1917 ian passingham gentleman we may not make history tomorrow but we shall certainly change the geography so said general plumer the day before 600 tons of explosives were detonated under the german position on . Pillars of fire is the first detailed account of the battle for the messines wytschaete ridge and is examined from the british anzac and german perspectives it reassesses the reasons for general plumers success on the day the implications of haigs failure to exploit that success and finally the legacy of the battle for the maturing of the
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