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The Underground War
Sunday, 22nd February 2009 (First broadcast in October 1998)
When we think of the fighting in the First World War, we always think of the war in the trenches. Well there was a more secret war, a hidden war, a war that was fought underground. In the course of the four years from 1914 to 1918 a total of 3,000 miles of tunnels from the Swiss border to the North Sea was built by the combatants. Some of this was built for barracks, some for communications or for storage. However the most deadly of the tunnelling was built straight out underneath the enemy's positions with the intention of blowing them to knigdom come.
This mine laying tactic reached its pinnacle at the Battle of Messines near Ypres in the summer of 1917. A total of 21 mines containing some 500 tons of explosives were laid under the German defences to devastating effect. At the time, this was the biggest man-made blast in history.
Mike Fox's film follows the archaeologist and historian, Peter Bardon, as he traces the story of the tunnelling war. Ir features a mix of historical footage, current archaelogical digs, interviews with historians, and even interviews with the very last surviving men from those tunnelling companies - men who at the time of filming were all at least 100 years old.
=== File Information ===
File Name: The Underground War (1998).avi
Duration: 00:50:18 (75,461 fr)
File Size: 398 MB (or 407,914 KB or 417,703,936 bytes) bytes
=== Video Information ===
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Video Bitrate: 970 kb/s
Bits / Pixel: 0.156 bits/pixel
Resolution: 576x432 (1.33:1) [=4:3]
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
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Audio Bitrate: 128 kb/s (64/ch, stereo) VBR LAME3.90
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