27. Havrincourt

Havrincourt was quickly taken by the British troops the first day of the Battle of Cambrai.

As a strategic advance position on the Hindenburg Line, Havrincourt controlled movement along the banks of the Canal du Nord. On the day before the battle, British troops were in position in the Havrincourt wood, from which they emerged at 6.10 a.m. on 20th November 1917. They quickly took the village and moved on towards Bourlon. Around Moeuvres heavy fighting took place, described by the writer Ernest Jünger in his book Storm of Steel.

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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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