|Doullens Hotel de Villes - free entry any day|
|The ballroom where the meeting took place, still laid out as it was on the day with a collection of memorabilia in cabinets around the outside walls.|
|A wonderful stained glass representation of the meeting|
Following this, we made our way to Monchy-le-Preux.
This village was one of the keys to the northern end of the Hindenburg Line, giving the Germans ideal observation over any advance from the British trenches in front of Arras five miles away. Third Army’s commander, General Sir Edmund Allenby, ordered the capture of the village and surrounding high ground, as objectives for the first day of the offensive – 9 April.
|Monchy le Preux's Caribou Memorial|
|The magnificent 37th Division Memorial in Monchy le Preux. One of Dave's relatives was a member of 37th Division so we particularly wanted to see this memorial|
Next we ventured to Bullecourt. Whilst we have no connection to the Australian forces, it was a battlefield we had never visited before.
South of Arras, the plan called for two divisions, the British 62nd Division and the Australian 4th Division to attack either side of the village of Bullecourt and push the Germans out of their fortified positions and into the reserve trenches. The attack was initially scheduled for the morning of 10 April but the tanks intended for the assault were delayed by bad weather and the attack was postponed for 24 hours. The order to delay did not reach all units in time and two battalions of the West Yorkshire Regiment attacked and were driven back with significant losses. Despite protests from the Australian commanders, the attack was resumed on the morning of 11 April.
|The "Digger" Memorial outside Bullecourt|
|The tank memorial outside Bullecourt's Church. Incorporates a length of tank track!|
|Also outside the church, the Slouched Hat Memorial|
|The excellent Museum in Bullecourt contains many original items from WW1. |
There are "self-tour" commentaries available to guide you through the story of the battles as you walk through the exhibits
|The centre piece is this collection of recovered items. Mortars, rifles, grenades etc.|
|Even some components from one of the tanks taking part.|
|The recreated trenches behind Avril William's tea rooms at Auchonvillers|
|Newfoundland Park seen from the old front line|
|The later front line trenches|
|The German frontline facing them|
|51st Division memorial commemorating the final capture of these positions in November 1916|