The first World War and geology: an original view of the conflict

On the occasion of the centenary of the 1914-1918 war, BRGM’s publishing department, Éditions du BRGM, has just brought out two original books about the many links between WW1 and geology. Discover the importance of geology in the first World War, an aspect that has never been dealt with before.
9 March 2018
Covers of the two books

Covers of the two books.

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Sous les lignes de front - Regards géologiques sur la Grande Guerre

Franck Hanot invites you to explore the subsurface below the Western Front lines, from the Belgian coast to Switzerland. Drawing on many hitherto unpublished documents (maps, geological cross-sections, etc.) the author takes us from one site to the other, to show how, due to the diversity of the rocks in the subsurface, the soldiers had to adapt to the specific conditions of each terrain and develop different combat techniques.  In this book, the author narrates how the conflict led to the emergence of applied geology, with engineers, soldiers and geologists working together to come up with innovative military strategies.

Sous les lignes de front: 20x26cm - 176 pages - €28

Read an extract of "Sous les lignes de front - Regards géologiques sur la Grande Guerre"

14-18 Tremblements de guerre - Les géologues au coeur de l'histoire

Daniel Hubé explains, from page to page, the importance of geology throughout the conflict and its crucial role when the front lines were established towards the end of 1914. The soldiers had to dig trenches at strategic places to protect themselves but also to find water. Without geology, none of these measures would have been possible. Furthermore the book suggests that we consider the consequences of this event on our current environment. A little-known heritage which is still very topical.

14-18 Tremblements de guerre - Les géologues au coeur de l'histoire 20x26cm - 192 pages - €28

Read an extract of the book "14-18 Tremblements de guerre - Les géologues au coeur de l'histoire"