Between 1914 and early 1916, this village which lies approximately halfway between Arras and Bethune, was occupied by French Troops. In order to free-up French reinforcements for the battle then raging at Verdun, Douglas Haig moved British troops into the sector west of Vimy Ridge. The village was about five miles behind the British lines. This photograph, showing British cyclist troops moving through the village, may have been taken in the spring of 1916.

The “Now” photograph shows Doug Hardesty, of Chardon, Ohio, at precisely the same point. A young lady of the village was peering curiously through the hedge, on the right, but refused to have herself photographed!

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