The battle of Messines is considered one of the most successful battles on the western front.  It saw the detonation of 19 underground mines underneath German mines, resulting in a resounding victory for the Allies.

The battle of Messines is considered one of the most successful battles on the western front. It saw the detonation of 19 underground mines underneath German mines, resulting in a resounding victory for the Allies.

Battle of Messines (1917) - German trench destroyed by a mine explosion, 1917. About 10,000 German troops were killed when the mines were detonated

Battle of Messines (1917) - German trench destroyed by a mine explosion, 1917. About 10,000 German troops were killed when the mines were detonated

BATTLE OF MESSINES - Map of the battle, depicting the front on 7 June and subsequent action until 14 June 1917.

BATTLE OF MESSINES - Map of the battle, depicting the front on 7 June and subsequent action until 14 June 1917.

Taking the Ridge: Battle of Messines

Taking the Ridge: Battle of Messines

The memorial erected by their comrades to members of the 35th Battalion (New South Wales) who died in the  Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917, Messines area, February 1918.

The memorial erected by their comrades to members of the 35th Battalion (New South Wales) who died in the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917, Messines area, February 1918.

This is page 3 of 43 pages of aerial photos taken by 6 Squadron before and after the Battle of Messines. The upper photo is of Klein-Zillebeke, taken before Messines and the lower photo of the section immediately to the west of the first, taken after the attack at Messines

This is page 3 of 43 pages of aerial photos taken by 6 Squadron before and after the Battle of Messines. The upper photo is of Klein-Zillebeke, taken before Messines and the lower photo of the section immediately to the west of the first, taken after the attack at Messines

This is page 2 of 43 pages of aerial photos taken by 6 Squadron before and after the Battle of Messines. The upper photo is of a section of the Ypres-Comines Railway line cutting, taken before Messines and the lower photo of the section immediately below the first, taken after the attack at Messines

This is page 2 of 43 pages of aerial photos taken by 6 Squadron before and after the Battle of Messines. The upper photo is of a section of the Ypres-Comines Railway line cutting, taken before Messines and the lower photo of the section immediately below the first, taken after the attack at Messines

This is page 1 of 43 pages of aerial photos taken by 6 Squadron before and after the Battle of Messines. The first photo is of Battle Wood and the Ypres-Comines Canal and Railway, taken before the preliminary bombardment and the second taken after the bombardment two days prior to the main attack on Messines when 19 allied mines were detonated on the 7th June 1917

This is page 1 of 43 pages of aerial photos taken by 6 Squadron before and after the Battle of Messines. The first photo is of Battle Wood and the Ypres-Comines Canal and Railway, taken before the preliminary bombardment and the second taken after the bombardment two days prior to the main attack on Messines when 19 allied mines were detonated on the 7th June 1917

WWI’s Incredible Battle of Messines (Exclusive)  July 13, 2016  This shocking Allied plan made the German defenses just disappear. A combined assault of explosives, artillery and  infantry made the Battle of Messines a truly eruptive event.  Warning: The WWI pictures in the article may be disturbing to some viewers.

WWI’s Incredible Battle of Messines (Exclusive) July 13, 2016 This shocking Allied plan made the German defenses just disappear. A combined assault of explosives, artillery and infantry made the Battle of Messines a truly eruptive event. Warning: The WWI pictures in the article may be disturbing to some viewers.

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