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Memories of the Great War in Stitch


I ‘googled’ Le Beffroi Arras 1914 and the following once I used Google Translate is copied and pasted below.
After the defeat of Charleroi, the French troops must withdraw. Arras is then declared an open city . The Germans occupy a few days, from 6 to 8 September 1914. The French offensive against German forces troops to leave the city but these remain firmly entrenched and during a month of heavy fighting will take place around Arras.

On the morning of October 6, 1914 , the German heavy artillery opened fire on the town. This are just the beginnings of future bombings. On 7 October 1914 , incendiary shells fell on the town. The Town Hall is in flames. October 21, 1914, from 10:30 to 11:20 , the Belfry is targeted. In just 50 minutes , it is in ruins . From 5 to 7 July 1915 , the palace and the cathedral Saint -Vaast already affected during bombardment of October 6 , in turn, are systematically targeted . In two days, the shells because of these monuments, rebuilt in the eighteenth century by Cardinal de Rohan.

Other important buildings were partially or totally destroyed as a result of the bombing :

The churches of Saint John the Baptist, Saint Nicolas and Saint Gery
Chapels of Our Lady of Ardent , the Poor Clares , of Chariottes , of Providence, Augustinian …
The seminary buildings including the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament
The Palace of Justice (former hotel States Artois ) , the Theatre, the former Jesuit Novitiate , the Prefecture ( former Episcopal Palace).
Normal School , the Municipal College , College girls , the Institution Saint Joseph Boarding Jeanne d’ Arc, the Institution of deaf and blind children …
A steel deluge hit the city of Arras. The number of shells fired during a single day, June 26, 1915 is estimated at 15,000. At Arras, the dividing line between the two armies was close to the city, only at a distance of 800 to 1200 meters.
The record of destruction is dramatic. In addition to the civil and religious monuments , it’s the planning that is disrupted . Great and Little squares and the streets of Taillerie linking them, are destroyed. This urban fifteenth and sixteenth century included 150 Spanish- style buildings Flemish : 45 buildings were completely destroyed and other damage.