Battle of Arras
April 9-May 16 1917
By: Kyler DeVore & Chance McMullen
Summary of Battle
People who fought
The peaceful and charming village of Bullecourt contrasts with the stunning beauty of the Canadian National Memorial on Vimy Ridge! This Day Tour departs Arras at around 9.00am and takes us south-east out to the villages of Bullecourt and Riencourt.
Following lunch, we move just north of Arras to the Vimy Ridge and surrounding area for the afternoon.
Battle of Arras Tour Itinerary:
- Depart from Arras at around 9.00am.
- View and visit the Australian commencement-position in the Bullecourt battlefield.
- View the Battlefield from high ground and also, from behind the German Lines.
- Visit to the Cross Memorial, the Digger Memorial and the Slouch Hat Memorial.
- Visit to the private museum of Jean Letaille (when access is available).
- Visit to the underground Carrier Wellington Memorial in the suburbs of Arras.
- Lunch is in the Grande Place in Arras.
- Visit to the Canadian Visitor Centre and join Subway (underground) Tour at Vimy Ridge.
- Visit to the Canadian National Memorial on Vimy Ridge.
- Visit to the French War Cemetery at Notre Dame de Lorette (a National French War Cemetery and Memorial).
- Visit to the German War Cemetery close by La Targette.
- Return to Arras for the 6.00pm conclusion of Tour.
summary: Easter Monday, 9 April 1917 was the first day of the Battle of Arras. Arras was the most interesting battle of the war offering a major element in the evolution of warfare.The British group that attacked at Arras were part of a larger Anglo-French offensive.The man that planed this was General Robert Nivelle, commander-in-chief of the French armies.