Universal remembrance

Memories of War

Arras was the only town in France to occupy a front-line position for the entire duration of the Great War. Devastated at ground level, the town retreated underground where 24,000 British soldiers, garrisoned in the subterranean tunnels, prepared for the Battle of Arras, one of the most unthinkable surprise attacks in history which in April 1917 placed Arras at the centre of the conflict. The Wellington Tunnels, the Arras British Cemetery, the Canadian Memorial Park in Vimy, the Museum Letaille in Bullecourt, the Necropolis of Notre-Dame de Lorette, the Ring of Remembrance and dozens of places of remembrance of all nationalities weave in the Artois Region the memory of a tactical battlefield of planetary proportions.



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