Crèvecoeur-sur-l’Escaut’s two blockhouses are evidence of the impressive system of fortifications created by the Germans during the winter of 1916-1917. Reputedly insuperable, the Hindenburg Line was a network of six lines, each consisting of one or more trenches. It was reinforced with a host of concrete positions used for protection, observation and firing. Breaking through this line was the principal objective of the Battle of Cambrai.
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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.