Arras – Looking towards the Cathedral | National Library Scotland

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Part of the ruins of Arras cathedral with a mass of rubble and the broken windows of a shop or cafe in the foreground. The cathedral had been built in the eighteenth century in the classical style as can be seen by some of the pillars and arches in this shot. For most of the war, Arras was near the Front and was as a result fairly badly damaged. For a short period at the beginning of the war the line between French and German troops actually ran through the town itself.

Original reads: ‘Looking towards the Cathedral, Arras’.

The Battle of Arras 9th April to 16th May 1917

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About Kate Lindsay

Kate Lindsay, University of Oxford is the Director of World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings. She is also the Manager for Education Enhancement at Academic IT where she also led the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and public engagement initiative Great War Archive. She has eight years experience of in-depth work on World War I digital archives and educational curricula. Kate has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, combined with an MSc in Information Systems from the University for Sheffield, and an MSc in Educational Research from the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in womens' experience of War and the representation of the First World War in popular culture.
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