WW1 Great War group Mentioned in Dispatches (MID) Military Cross, British War & Victory medals plus WW2 Defence and war medal Battle of Arras 1917 Medals in excellent condition with very little wear and definition of design is sharp, as good as you could find and has not suffered like some from over polishing, medal index card confirming MID emblem and WW1 pair, some history supplied confirming Military cross, for further research, please see pictures for condition Royal Engineers tunnel under "No Man's Land" Military Cross, G. Royal Engineers-Arras 1917 Charles Henry Dunkley served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Engineers from August 1915 on the Western Front, rising to Lieutenant on 1 July 1917. Preparation for the Battle of Arras 1917 Royal Engineers Arras 1917 From October 1916 the Royal Engineers had been working underground, constructing tunnels for the troops in preparation for the Battle of Arras in 1917. Beneath Arras itself there is a vast network of caverns called the boves, consisting of underground quarries and sewage tunnels.
The engineers came up with a plan to add new tunnels to this network so that troops could arrive at the battlefield in secrecy and in safety. The size of the excavation was immense.
In one sector alone four Tunnel Companies of 500 men each worked around the clock in 18-hour shifts for two months. Men of the South Staffordshire Regiment WW2 The South Staffordshire Territorial Regiment became part of the 59th (Staffordshire) Infantry Division. In March 1939, after Germany re-emerged as a significant military power and occupied Czechoslovakia, the British Army increased the number of divisions in the Territorial Army (TA) by duplicating existing units.The 59th (Staffordshire) Motor Division was formed in September 1939, as a second-line duplicate of the 55th (West Lancashire) Motor Division. The division's battalions were all, initially, raised in Staffordshire.
59th Staffordshire Regiment Established using the motor division concept, the division was formed with only two infantry brigades, rather than the usual three for an infantry division, and was fully mobile. The intention was to increase battlefield mobility, enabling the motor divisions to follow armoured forces through breaches in the enemy frontline to rapidly consolidate captured territory. Following the Battle of France, the concept was abandoned. The division was allocated a third infantry brigade, and became the 59th (Staffordshire) Infantry Division. Create your brand with Auctiva's.Attention Sellers - Get Templates Image Hosting, Scheduling at Auctiva. The item "WW1 Military Cross MID medal Major Royal Engineers & WW2 59th Staffordshire Regt" is in sale since Friday, May 8, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectables\Militaria\World War I (1914-1918)\Other World War I Militaria". The seller is "theonlineauctionsale" and is located in England. This item can be shipped worldwide.