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Webmatters : Lorette and Vimy 1914

Artois 10th October 1914


Map : Artois 10th October 1914

The loss of Lorette and Vimy ridges in 1914

Throughout that first winter of the war (and for almost all of 1915) the French infantry struggled to gain the Lorette plateau and the town of Neuville Saint Vaast. The fighting was intense and the deaths could be counted by the tens of thousands ; on both sides.

Général Foch was quick to note that the problem was the lack of artillery. He requested an increase in artillery for a great offensive on 9th May 1915 — in which Barbot would be killed, he is buried at Lorette and his statue can be seen in Souchez.

For a few hours the Division marocaine (Moroccan Division — made up of French colonialists and the French Foreign Legion) held Hill 140 but the German reserves were more immediately to hand and the French had to abandon the site that would eventually become the Canadian memorial.

The Moroccan Division Memorial on Vimy Ridge

The Moroccan Division Memorial on Vimy Ridge
is opposite the car park at the Canadian Memorial

Map: Artois 6th October 1914

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