11. Cantaing-sur-Escaut

Scottish poet Alan Mackintosh died at Cantaing during the Battle of Cambrai.

Forming part of the Hindenburg Line, Cantaing-sur-Escaut was used on the first day of the battle as a corridor for the evacuation of German troops. The next day, the village was liberated by Scottish soldiers supported by tanks. The poet Ewart Alan Mackintosh was one of the many casualties of the fierce fighting which left the village in ruins. Cantaing was retaken a few days later, during the German counter-offensive, and was not liberated until the autumn
of 1918.

Office de Tourisme du Cambrésis
48,rue Henri de Lubac
Tél: +3 3( 0) 32 77 83 61 5



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.

Online Booking