Despite of violent fighting, the Battle of Cambrai did not allow to break through the Hindenburg Line.
The Battle of Cambrai : 20th Nov. – 7th Dec. 1917
In the greatest secrecy the British launched an attack on the Hindenburg Line. Their new weapon: chars!
Remains of blockhouse at La Marlière site.
Scottish poet Alan Mackintosh died at Cantaing during the Battle of Cambrai.
Major German logistics base during WW1, Noyelles sur Escaut kept some pillboxes which have been recently restored.
Not liberated during the Battle of Cambrai, Rumilly has been destroyed.
Masnières was the furthest village liberated during the Battle of Cambrai. British could not move forward: the bridge over the canal had been demolished.
Close to the Hindenburg Line, the village was totally destroyed at the end ot the war.
Used by Germans as storage and command headquarters, the Abbey of Vaucelles was burned down in 1917.
Liberated at the beginning of the Battle of Cambrai, Bonavis was taken again by the Germans during their counter-offensive.
Linked to the Hindenburg Line, Bantouzelle has been completely destroyed after the four years of conflict.
Despite fierce fighting, Villers-Guislain was in German hands until the end of the war.
Praticing the scorched-earth policy, Germans left Gouzeaucourt in ruins.
Civils, fleeing from Masnières, were killed on their way through this hamlet.
Close to the Hindenburg Line, the village was involved in the Battle of Cambrai.
Liberated on Nov. 20th 1917, retaken by Germans, the village is involved in the Battle of Cambrai.
Ribécourt la Tour remained in Allied hands until the end of the Battle of Cambrai.
Fierce fighting in Flesquières village during the Battle of Cambrai.
Discovered 3 meters underground, the tank can be seen in a barn in Flesquières.
Havrincourt was quickly taken by the British troops the first day of the Battle of Cambrai.
Louverval Memorial is paying tribute to the soldiers, unidentified, who died during the Battle of Cambrai.
Fiercing fighting took place at Fontaine Notre Dame during 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.