Arras in ruins, 1917



Arras, in northern France, became a strategic position on the frontline early on in the war. Between April and May 1917, British troops launched a major attack on German defences nearby. This photograph shows the heavy damage suffered by the city over the course of the battle, due mainly to the three million shells used by the British.


Dès les premiers jours du conflit, la ville d’Arras, capitale historique, administrative et universitaire du Pas-de-Calais, se trouve sur la ligne de front. En avril-mai 1917, les Britanniques lancent une offensive majeure dans ce secteur. Cette photographie montre l’ampleur des destructions et témoigne de la violence des combats. Elle rend aussi compte du rôle crucial dévolu à l’artillerie au cours du conflit (les Britanniques tirèrent 2 689 000 obus au cours de cette bataille).

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Arras in ruins
April, 1917
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