General view of Arras, showing the Cathedral in the background | National Library of Scotland

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Photograph showing the degree of destruction suffered by Arras, a city located just behind the British Reserve Line and in the centre of the front chosen for the Arras offensive. It is estimated that only 292 of its 4,521 houses were undamaged at the end of the war. View looking West from the Place des Héros with the ruined Hôtel de Ville in the foreground and Cathedral on the skyline to the left.

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About Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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