Australians on the Western Front: Unearthing Australia’s subterranean conflict

By Michael Grealy
June 1 2018 - 2:00am
DIGGING DEEP: Australian soldiers in 1918 at the entrance to the Catacombs, a tunnel system under Hill 63 near Messines that could house 2000 men. Picture: AWM E04486

Australia’s First World War tunnellers are best remembered for detonating a pair of cataclysmic mines beneath Hill 60 and the Caterpillar on the Messines Ridge on June 7, 1917.