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The Destruction of Arras
The French City of Arras was at the forefront of major battles during World War I.  The  First Battle of Arras  occurred between October 1 and October 4, 1914.  By the end of 1914  armies had been brought to a halt as the opposing forces began to entrench themselves.  Battles at Arras would continue throughout the war with major offensive action by the Allies during April and May 1917.    The Battle of Vimy Ridge between April 9th and April 12th became famous for the success of Canadian forces taking the Ridge. During the war, Arras suffered severe damage from bombardment.  The pictures illustrate the damage.    
(photos from a post card collection on loan to Wartime Heritage)