2. Le Cateau - Town centre

Since the very first beginning of WWI, Le Cateau-Cambrésis inhabitants suffered a lot of German occupation.

The town of Le Cateau was engulfed by the war as early as 26th August 1914 and found itself subjected to a very harsh occupation. A few weeks after the Germans arrived, several civilians were shot for keeping homing pigeons. Transformed into a huge medical and logistics centre for the duration of the war, Le Cateau received several tens of thousands of wounded soldiers while the civilian population created shelters for itself in the cellars and underground tunnels in the centre of the town.


The Battle of Le Cateau 2 Centre ville - Télécharger

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Whether they follow the Escaut, drive along country roads, discover the picturesque alleys of the old Cambrai, fortified farms, museums, learn about Matisse and Blériot, lace ang giants, tourists will understand why the inhabitants of this part of France are so happy to welcome them and will feel like coming back.

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