Events for Friday 7th June 2013

On This Day in History

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WWI: Battle of Messines

7th June 1917

The Battle of Messines began on 7th June 1917 when the British Second Army under the command of General Herbert Plumer launched an offensive near the village of Mesen (Messines) in West Flanders, Belgium. The target of the offensive was a ridge running north from Messines village past Wytschaete village which created a natural stronghold southeast of Ypres. One of the key features of the battle was the detonation of 19 mines immediately prior to the infantry assault, a tactic which disrupted German defences and allowed the advancing troops to secure their objectives in rapid fashion.

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Messines Ridge
(Paperback - 144 pages)
by Peter Oldham

The battle for the possession of the villages of Messines Ridge, Messines, Wytchaete, St. Eloi, took place in 1914-17, and the final battle for Messines in 1918. The 1917 Battle of Messines was preceded by 19 giant mine explosions and was the biggest military mining effort in history. This book… Read more...

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This Day's Events


Folkestone Airshow

Starts: Fri 7th June
Ends: Sun 9th June
Price: FREE

FThe Leas and Seafront, Folkestone CT20 2EB

Airshow & weekend of local attractions in Folkestone

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Turn a Memorable Day out into a Wonderful Weekend. Fly Folkestone is the collective name for the weekend of 7th to 9th June. The main event, Folkestone Airshow is on the Saturday the 8th, but the whole weekend will be packed of things to do, places to see and somewhere to go.

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