June Meeting: Messines by Richard Smith

Almost 100 years ago the British detonated a  series of huge mines along the German held Messines Ridge near Ypres before advancing to capture the ridge.  It was the prelude to the larger offensive of Third Ypres better known to future generations as ‘Passchendaele’. The Messines attack was one of the most successful operations of the war conducted in the context of what was usually a slow attritional style of warfare. Richard took us through the thinking and planning behind the operation and its spectacular execution in June 1917.