Welcome to www.a-taste-of-france.com travel section.By continuing to use the site you agree to our cookies policy Privacy-policy

Return to Homepage

 Vimy Ridge France

Part of the Battlefield

FTC Disclosure: If you make a purchase via a link on this site, I may receive a small commission on the transaction - at no added cost to you. Thank you!

Vimy Ridge




Vimy Ridge is a famous WWl battlefield just a few miles from the city of Arras. We are travelling round all the first World War battlefields in France.

The ridge is a couple of miles outside of Vimy and is not over done with signs.Luckily you can see the monument on the hill follow the D55 Arras to Lens road. The road takes you up to the top of the ridge. Which is like a large park fenced off grass area and a lot of pine trees.


Vimy Ridge Memorial

Vimy Ridge picture


You can see why large areas are fenced off in the sign undetornated explosives. The area has hundred of holes from shells and mortars that landed there. Some of the shell holes would hold a bus.

The information centre

Vimy Ridge picture





Vimy Ridge signs

Vimy Ridge sign picture

Vimy ridge sign picture

There is a very good visitor centre run by Canadian students who are very helpful.They give talks on the battle and you can take a guided tour of one of the tunnels. The tunnel entrance is in the photo it is about 10 miles long. With a maze of tunnels running off it The tunnels were built by the British army and are deep enough to keep you safe from the shells. You can also see the trenches in the other photo

Vimy Ridge Tunnel


Vimy ridge tunnel picture

Vimy ridge trench picture

The photo below shows some of the deep craters still very visible 90+ years after the battle

Vimy Ridge picture



One of the free guided tours around the site

Vimy Ridge picture



CHRONICLE OF EVENTS

AT VIMY RIDGE AND COURCELLETTE

BY

LIEUT R. LEWIS, M.M.

Zero hour (5.30 a.m., Easter Monday, 1917) had come! The VIMY RIDGE attack was on! Whistles blew and over the top went the Canadians. The artillery started their work.

Hundreds and hundreds of guns commenced drum fire simultaneously. Looking towards the Hun trenches it appeared as if the whole line was afire. It was a grand and impressive sight. The gallant pipers leading the 25th could be seen but it was impossible with the din to hear what they were playing.

Gradually we advanced our ground--nothing but holes filled with mud and water to make the going very difficult. At last we reached the German line which had been taken by the 24th and 26th Battalion. We jumped into what was left of the trench and waited until the set time to move forward.

Looking at the Hun trench one could easily see what good work the gunners were doing. Everything was smashed in; dugouts were gone and many of the enemy with them. Our next objective was the TU ROP GRABEN trench.

By this time the Boche realized that he had no small attack to deal with and his artillery, helped with many machine guns, started, causing us many casualties. Just about this stage of the advance Major Delancy was killed and also R.S.M. Hinchcliffe.

We could see our boys for miles advancing with confidence and determination. The Hun shells and bullets were coming swift but that did not stay the Canadians.

Parties of the enemy were trying to put up a fight but they were soon settled. Major A.O. Blois, though wounded, took command of the Battalion and for this and other good work he was awarded the D.S.O.

Finally we reached our last objective and commenced to consolidate. This trench, like the others, was in an awful condition. We found a large dugout named CRAEMER HOUSE which was a Battalion headquarters. By this time we had lost not only Major Delancy, but Lieuts. Hallesy, Sheriff, Feindel, Barber, as well as other officers wounded, and a good number of men both killed and wounded.

Then came the long hours of waiting. It had rained during the morning and everybody was more or less wet and as the evening drew on it became very cold and by the time the morning came again, the Battalion having no overcoats, or shelter were in a sorry plight, with but little food or water except what the Hun had left behind.

On the evening of the attack Col. S. Bauld came with Lieuts. Lewis and Fisher and Capt. and Q.M. Ingraham, who having heard of the casualties amongst the officers volunteered to come and help out. The following night water was sent up and altho it tasted more like petrol we were glad to get it.

That night we moved back to the rear trench and everyone felt a lot happier when a rumour went around that the Battalion was going to be relieved. After holding the position for less than two days we were sent for two days rest, prior to being relieved, into a larger German tunnel known as FOLKER TUNNEL.

Lieut. Dryden was detailed to take charge of the burial party and the sad work it was, collecting friend and foe from all over the battlefield.


A five minute drive from Vimy Ridge you reach the village of Neuville Saint Vaast.Which has 3 cemeteries La Targette French war graves over a 11000 soldiers.next to a British with 598.The largest German cemetery in Europe 44000 plus graves is nearby

La Targette French war graves

Vimy Ridge picture



Vimy Ridge picture



Google map of the D55 the ground with the trees to the right still have live shells buried there


Keep Up To Date, With Most Recent Pages

For sale small holding with 4 bedroom bungalow Saint Colomb de Lauzun

Excellent opportunity to acquire a delightfully secluded small holding Just 5 minutes from Lauzun, south west France at an amazing price! Detached

Continue reading "For sale small holding with 4 bedroom bungalow Saint Colomb de Lauzun"

House for sale St Denis de Jouhet, 36230, Indre

4 Bedroom renovated house of character, Saint-Denis-de-Jouhet, Indre, Centre-Val de Loire Ground floor open plan lounge and dining area, south facing,

Continue reading "House for sale St Denis de Jouhet, 36230, Indre"

For sale house and 2 gites Saumur - Pays de la Loire

6 Bedroom House, 6 person gite & 4 person gite with 12 x 6 meter heated pool Loire area A fabulous opportunity to continue the growth of a highly successful

Continue reading "For sale house and 2 gites Saumur - Pays de la Loire"

For sale small Farmhouse to renovate Mottereau, Eure-et-Loir, France

Small Farmhouse to renovate with small outbuildings on land. Farmhouse, courtyard and orchard facing South. Approx 3450 m2 bordered by a river. Located

Continue reading "For sale small Farmhouse to renovate Mottereau, Eure-et-Loir, France"

Christmas Markets Northern France,photos and guide,Xmas markets Calais area

Christmas Markets Northern France photos and reviews of the markets around the Calais area we have visited.Hotel and cottage accommodation in Northern France

Continue reading "Christmas Markets Northern France,photos and guide,Xmas markets Calais area"

For sale Semi detached House in Craon France department Mayenne 53400

Craon (53400) is situated in the south of department 53 Mayenne Pays de la Loire. It is a small market town known for its racecourse. It also has a

Continue reading " For sale Semi detached House in Craon France department Mayenne 53400"

House for sale 19320 Correze France

Description Cette jolie maison de campagne, rénovée avec goût, bien située dans un hameau proche d'un lac touristique entouré de forêts et de circuits

Continue reading "House for sale 19320 Correze France"

For sale in 32440 Castelnau-d’Auzan (Gers) South West - between Bordeaux and Toulouse

Completely renovated (2019) mansion in a quiet village. Separate apartment on ground floor with separate entrance and access to garden : two bedrooms,

Continue reading "For sale in 32440 Castelnau-d’Auzan (Gers) South West - between Bordeaux and Toulouse"

Rent a Gite in France,guide to renting a Cottage

Rent a Gite in France a guide to renting a holiday cottage.We have rented Gites all over France and want to pass on a few tips

Continue reading "Rent a Gite in France,guide to renting a Cottage"

Vienne

OK, SO YOU HAVE FOUND A HOUSE IN FRANCE THAT INTERESTS YOU, THE PROBLEM IS THAT YOU ARE IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY AND DO NOT HAVE THE TIME TO VIEW THE PROPERTIES

Continue reading "Vienne"

Property for sale Bas-en-Basset (Haute-Loire) AUVERGNE

ARCHITECT DESIGNED, THIRD GENERATION STONE BARN HOUSE Due to overseas move I am selling my property in Auvergne, France. 5 bedrooms, 2 WC, 1 bathroom,

Continue reading "Property for sale Bas-en-Basset (Haute-Loire) AUVERGNE"

Apartment for sale Pau, Aquitaine, France

Lovely apartment in Pau for sale Lovely, luminous 76,65 m² flat in Pau (64000), ideal location, near centre The flat is very calm and luminous due

Continue reading "Apartment for sale Pau, Aquitaine, France"

Property for sale Aquitaine sud ouest landes campet et la molere 40900

A vendre :dans les Landes (sud ouest / Aquitaine) Auberge Ferme Landaise rénové avec ou sans HEALTH Farm / Spa concept pour couple top chef cuisinier

Continue reading "Property for sale Aquitaine sud ouest landes campet et la molere 40900"

House for sale Canet en Roussillon (66140) - Languedoc Rousillion

For Sale a large, light 3 bedroom house with pool, 2 sunny terraces, 2 bathrooms and garage in the beautiful southern town of Canet en Roussillon. The

Continue reading "House for sale Canet en Roussillon (66140) - Languedoc Rousillion"

Property for sale 36120 Pruniers Indre France

Livable Property For Sale in 36120 Pruniers Indre Dept quiet edge of village surrounded by countryside. PRICE 130.000 Euros Negotiable Barn and workshop

Continue reading "Property for sale 36120 Pruniers Indre France"

Bon Repos Gites - Great Location in the Heart of Brittany

Finished and furnished to a high standard Our two sympathetically renovated gîtes have been lovingly restored, retaining lots or original character such

Continue reading "Bon Repos Gites - Great Location in the Heart of Brittany"

Property for sale Chalagnac, near Perigueux

Superb 7 bedroom Perigord style property, with many traditional features, Including beams, wood burner, chestnut flooring and characterful stone walls.

Continue reading "Property for sale Chalagnac, near Perigueux"

Apartments for sale Villefranche sur mer

For sale 3 apartments in an old villa Containing all together 4 apartments only. The villa overlooks directly the bay, the beaches and the old town of

Continue reading "Apartments for sale Villefranche sur mer"

House for sale Demangevelle, France

Open House on October 26, 2019. This ancient home is located in the Haute Saone, France. Built in 1663 and mostly, already renovated. But it is a fixer-upper!

Continue reading "House for sale Demangevelle, France"

French Riviera unusual stone property for sale

Great stone property sea and bay view Containing 3 apartments .55.120. and the main 230 sq m this one with a 73 sq m living room a 34 sq m kitchen and

Continue reading "French Riviera unusual stone property for sale"

House for sale Languedoc-Roussillon / Occitanie

For sale: Historic 4-bedroom house, nicely decorated, in the Languedoc. Set at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, the comfortably large stone house of 120

Continue reading "House for sale Languedoc-Roussillon / Occitanie"

Apartment in a lovely villa with pool, St-Aygulf, France

Provencal villa in St-Aygulf, France, Var Apartment in Provencal villa with a private swimming pool at garden level and a remarkable panoramic view

Continue reading "Apartment in a lovely villa with pool, St-Aygulf, France"

For sale Close to Magnac-Laval and Bellec in the Vienne area of France.

The property consists of,the main house with two ensuite bathrooms all refurbished,the main bedroom has a large dressing room large enough for a single

Continue reading "For sale Close to Magnac-Laval and Bellec in the Vienne area of France."

House for sale Brittany, France

Newly renovated house, village location. Lovely 2 bedroom house, located in Guiscriff, Brittany. Within walking distance of the village where you will

Continue reading "House for sale Brittany, France"

House for sale Saint barthelemy de bussiere 24360

Fully renovated 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house Near market town of Piegut pluviers. Reversible air conditioning giving heating and cooling. Log burner Large

Continue reading "House for sale Saint barthelemy de bussiere 24360"

Apartment for sale Paris

Paris 66 m2 (57 carrez) Apt 3-4 rooms. 420.000 euros 20 m2 living room, 2 bedrooms, Toilets and bathroom (with both shower and bathtub), kitchen. Great

Continue reading "Apartment for sale Paris"

House for sale Villars (24530), Dordogne - 10 mn driving from Brantôme

Property for sale. House (stone barn refurbished in the 90's) located on a calm land of 2ha, with a stunning view over the village of Villars, Dordogne.

Continue reading "House for sale Villars (24530), Dordogne - 10 mn driving from Brantôme"

Apartment for sale South of France - Carcassonne - Bastide Saint Louis

YOU MUST SEE IT! Perfect for investor. 2 wonderful completely furnished grand apartments from the 1600s, entirely renovated last year, according to strict

Continue reading "Apartment for sale South of France - Carcassonne - Bastide Saint Louis"

Try a camping holiday in France there are campsites all over France. You can stay in a tent or a caravan

Tent holiday

See our new page on Camping in Normandy

Places to visit

Vimy Ridge France


The cheapest way to Normandy at the moment



Find a hotel in France



Custom Search

France Property sales and rentals

Advertise your French Property here A full page ad and 4 photos there is no charge for this service.The site is seen in 170 countries and as 2,000 visitors a day







Keep up to date

[?] Subscribe To This Site

XML RSS
follow us in feedly
Add to My Yahoo!
Subscribe with Bloglines

Admin stuff

top of the page

A-taste-of-france.com Copyright © 2006 - 2020 All rights reserved