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.

Full title:
Arras in ruins
April, 1917
Held by:
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
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Public Domain