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Nov 13, 2010 - Arras - Bapaume

Stayed in the monastery Maison St Vaast last night after returning from the The Wellington tunnels, this building was huge. At breakfast down in the lower level no one else there except one French guy who I chatted to - he was following the film festival in Lille, reviews films around the world, been to Australia he said. Check out after breakfast, leaving the grand monastery building, walk back towards the centre of Arras and then the station, to check train times. It is raining quite heavily now and doesn't look like it is going to let...

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Nov 13, 2010 - The Somme Battlefield

The First Battle of the Somme was designed to relieve pressure on the beleaguered French troops at Verdun. On 1st of July 1916, British, Commonwealth and French troops 'went over the top' in a massive assualt along a 34km front. German positions proved virtually unbreachable, and on the first day of the battle an astounding 21,392 British troops were killed and another 35,492 were wounded. Most casualties were infantrymen mown down by German machine guns. By the time the offensive was called off in mid-November, 1.2 million lives had been...

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