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May 13, 2018 - North To Arras

Day 7 - Sunday 13th May With the threat of rain still about we decided to visit the other sites on our way up North to Arras. We are basically now going to be following the line of the Front between the two forces all the way up to Ypres in Belgium. We stopped first at the British Cemetery at Pozieres where Claude Castleton is buried. Claude came from Lowestoft but had made his way to Australia as a young man. When the war started he joined the Australian army & was sent back to France via Egypt. By the time he got here he was a sergeant...

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Sep 28, 2017 - The Fields of August, 1914

Welcome - Rather than read my reflections on France Nord Pas-de-Calais, your time would be better spent reading Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August, her Pulitzer Prize winning account of the first month of WW I. I particularly enjoy her sarcasm. Evidently the politicians of that period were no less uninformed, reckless, and venal than our current president. The results of their "leadership" were horrendous. The Great War began August 3, 1914. By the end August the war was basically at a stalemate. The lines wavered back and forth, often...

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Oct 4, 2016 - Somme Battlefields

Day 24 – Tuesday 4th October Albert, France – Arras, France - 25miles, total to date =2,799miles This morning I went into the centre of Albėrt to visit The Somme 1916 Museum. It is laid out along a 250mtr tunnel some 10mtrs below ground & tries to give an insight into what it was like for a soldier in the trenches during the war. It was particularly realistic along the final low & narrow tunnel where the lights were dim & the noise of explosions were mixed with flashes to give a sense of what it was like. After I escaped & made my way back...

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May 19, 2016 - Vimy Ridge

A glorious day. We headed north to visit Vimy Ridge the location of the some of the fiercest trench warfare in World War I. It was here in from the 9 to 12 April 1917 that the the Canadian Corps of four divisions, against three divisions of the German Sixth Army took control of the German-held high ground along a 14 km escarpment at the northernmost end of the Arras Offensive – Vimy Ridge or Hill 145. It was a bloody battle as the Canadians had to overcome considerable resistance as the ridge was heavily fortified. The hard-fought victory...

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Aug 27, 2015 - Day 7

Woke up to heavy rain so after breakfast we set off to Arras to visit the Wellington Quarry Arras.Miles of tunnels dug by miners of many nationalities in the chalk to allow the movement of men and materials in safety, on the morning of the Battle of Arras 10,000+ came out and over the top. Staggering work all done with pick. lots of graffiti still remains. Then onto Pont Du Jour cemetery to place a cross on behalf of a friend.

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Jan 5, 2015 - Arras

We stopped on the way at Vimey Ridge which is a well known WW1 battle site. The Canadians fought a terrible battle there in 1917 & there is a massive monument set on the top of the ridge in the midst of land that is pockmarked with shell holes & trenches. Large areas of the adjacent fields are fenced off as there are still lots of unexplored shells in the ground. We arrived in Arras late afternoon & eventually located the tourist office only to be told that the main reason for coming there, the WW1 tunnels under the town, were closed until...

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Apr 25, 2014 - Arras to Lille

Friday April 25 We had a leisurely breakfast, finished packing, paid the bill and drove towards Lille. The roads were slightly congested as it was just after rush hour. Once back in Lille, we drove into the town centre to a petrol station that the car rental company recommended for the last fill up; we had to show the rental company the receipt to demonstrate that we had refuelled the car. We then drove to the Europcar rental in the basement of the Gare de Europe. Once everything was sorted with the car rental (very quickly), we waited in...

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Apr 23, 2014 - Arras - Vimy trenches, Notre Dame de Lorette and Beaufort-Hamel

Wednesday April 23 After breakfast this morning we drove back to Vimy for a tour of the tunnels and trenches. The earliest tour was not until 11:00, so we walked back up to the monument to take more photos of the eastern side of the monument now in the early morning sun. During the tour of the trenches perhaps the most surprising revelation was the proximity of the Canadian front line to the German front line with a space of around 25 metres of no man's land between the two. Following the tour, we visited the two cemeteries at Vimy for a...

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Apr 22, 2014 - Touring monuments -- Vimy Ridge

Tuesday April 22 At the Hotel Mercure, we began our morning with breakfast at the hotel. It was a very good choice because, as seniors, the breakfast is free! We ate well, then walked (15minutes) from the hotel to The Wellington Quarry - a memorial of the WWI battle of Arras. The Wellington Quarry was in effect an underground town. Arras was situated on the front line and the quarries below the town were used to house over 2,400 British soldiers prior to the battle of Arras in April 1917. The quarries underneath the town were linked by a...

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Apr 21, 2014 - Lille to Arras

Monday April 21 (part 2) This time we have a diesel Citroen C4 for the next four days. Leaving the train station was straight-forward. We easily found the ring road around Lille and the motorway towards Paris that took us to our destination of Arras. As we had spent time on the Internet the night before we quickly found the hotel area and were booked into the Mercure Hotel by 1:30. We changed and walked to the square in Arras where the local tourist office is found in the historic Bellfroi (bellfrey). Arras is a lovely town. We bought...

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Aug 18, 2012 - Arras: market and quarries

Market and Chalk Quarries The day after we went to Vimy was a Saturday. Saturday is market morning in Arras and both huge squares and the adjoining streets were crammed with vendors. Arras has been famous as a market town since the Middle ages. We saw everything from fruit and vegetables to turkeys, cheese, liqueur, clothing, furniture, jewelry. It was wonderful. We bought a nice straw basket and filled it with fresh munchy, lunchy food. We went up the World Heritage clock tower and Grammar got good shots of the market. Underneath the...

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Aug 17, 2012 - Arras, Vimy Ridge

Arras and Vimy Ridge August 17 Apparently Grammar booked us into a 4 star hotel in Arras. The clerk could not believe the good rate she got on line. We decided to stay three nights, partly because I thought the breakfasts were delicious. Grammar felt so at home in Arras that she got her hair dyed. The hairdresser gave both me and Grammar a terrific head massage; so she tipped him too much. If I had not been there, I think she would have tried to take him home with her. The name Arras comes from the French word "rat", which is the same in...

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