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.

Taking the Ridge: Battle of Messines

Taking the Ridge: Battle of Messines

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.

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 4 of 43 pages of aerial photos taken by 6 Squadron before and after the Battle of Messines. The upper photo is of a 500 x 500 yard area to the south of Klein-Zillebeke, taken before Messines and the lower photo is of the identical area, taken after the attack at Messines

This is page 4 of 43 pages of aerial photos taken by 6 Squadron before and after the Battle of Messines. The upper photo is of a 500 x 500 yard area to the south of Klein-Zillebeke, taken before Messines and the lower photo is of the identical area, 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 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 5 of 43 pages of aerial photos taken by 6 Squadron before and after the Battle of Messines. The upper photo is of a 500 x 500 yard area in southern Shrewsbury Forest, taken before Messines and the lower photo is of the identical area, taken after the attack at Messines

This is page 5 of 43 pages of aerial photos taken by 6 Squadron before and after the Battle of Messines. The upper photo is of a 500 x 500 yard area in southern Shrewsbury Forest, taken before Messines and the lower photo is of the identical area, taken after the attack at Messines

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