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Tunnels! by Diane Swanson


by Diane Swanson

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The stories include:
1. Lima, Peru (1996)
The story of the rescue of hostages from the Japanese embassy.
2. Springhill Coal Mine in Nova Scotia, Canada (1958)
A disaster at the mine meant that rescuers had to tunnel in to find the miners, not knowing if anyone had survived. 174 miners were found, 99 alive. The disaster ended coal mining in Springhill.
3. Tunnels used by the Viet Cong (1965-1972)
During the Vietnam War, the communist Viet Cong built networks of tunnels in their fight against the Americans and their allies.
4. Tunnelling to find a hidden burial chamber. Egypt, (1922)
Lord Caernarfon and Howard Carter tunnel into Tutankhamen's tomb.
5. Tunnel used to by the Tijuana Drug Cartel (2002)
Authorities found a tunnel that led them to an extremely large stash of cocaine.
6. Soldiers escaping for their prison camp. (1863)
The story of the tunnel used by Union officers in their escape from the Confederate Libby Prison, during the American Civil War.
7. Mont Blanc Tunnel (France/Italy) (1999)
A truck caught fire with catastrophic results on this major transport route. Many changes had to be made. It took 3 years before the tunnel was re-opened in March 2003.
8. Building the Severn Railway Tunnel (1873)
This was a very difficult task to build a tunnel under a major river but this is what had to be done. Primitive diving suits were used when things went wrong. It took 14 years to build the tunnel and diving technology was changed because of it.
9. Tunnel to get past the Berlin Wall (1961)
The wall came down in 1989 but many escapes had been attempted in the
10. A bank robbery in Nice, France (1975)
It was a well planned job that left no clues. ( )
  Rhondda | Jun 3, 2008 |
Ten stories from various eras in history of people who escaped or were rescued by tunnels. My favourite is the one where the Japanese embassy in Peru is taken over by terrorists and the government tunnels under a soccer pitch and comes up in the middle of a game that nearly all the terrorists are watching or playing. Only 2 non-terrorists are killed – one hostage dies of a heart attack and all the others are rescued. ( )
  nicsreads | Apr 22, 2007 |
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Contains ten gripping tunnel stories from around the world.

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Editions: 1550377809, 1550377817

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