The ruined village of Monchy-le-Preux. On the left of a dirt track running through the village the only the blasted remains of a few buildings are standing. Hardly visible are two soldiers in the background who stand amongst the devastation.On 14th April 1917 Monchy-le-Preux was successfully defended for a short time against men of the 3rd Bavarian Division by a small band of Newfoundlanders led by their Co. Lt.Col.J Forbes-Robertson- the rest having been killed or wounded.
Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. General view of Monchy-le-Preux.
The Battle of Arras 9th April to 16th May 1917
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