"A crater caused by the explosion of 19 mines placed underneath German positions near Messines in West Flanders by the British on June 7, 1917. A total of about 10,000 soldiers died, amongst them almost all of the 3rd Royal Bavarian Division. The blast was one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions of all times and was audible in Dublin and London." R. Schultz Collection / The Image Works. Rare Color Photographs from the Trenches of World War I.
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.
Ronald Coleman (1891-1958) London Scottish Regiment, WW I. He served with fellow actors Claude Rains, Herbert Marshall, Cedric Hardwicke and Basil Rathbone. On October 31, 1914 at the Battle of Messines, Colman was seriously wounded by shrapnel in his ankle, which gave him a limp that he would attempt to hide throughout the rest of his acting career. He was invalided from the service in 1916.