|South African National Memorial and Museum Delville Wood|
Just to the east of the village of Longueval lies Delville Wood, soon known to the Allied soldiers who
fought here in 1916 as the Devil's Wood.
The South African National Memorial in Delville Wood was unveiled in 1926 and commemorates the
10.000 South African dead of the First World War. It is topped by a sculpture of Castor and Polloux
holding hands and was designed as a symbol of the unity of the English and Africans of South Africa.
" It is by far the most beautiful World War 1 Memorial. " Webmaster René Brouwer
|National Military Cemetery Notre Dame de Lorette|
The hill of Notre Dame de Lorette, which rises 165 metres (500 feet) above sealevel, is situated
in Artois. It's close to the road which runs from Arras to Béthune.
The Battle of Lorette lasted 12 months from October 1914 to October 1915 and claimed numerous
victims. Over 100.000 people were killed and as many were wounded on both sides.
On the cemetery are more than 20.000 individual tombs. There are 8 ossuaries (the main one being
at the bottom of the Lantern Tower) where the bones of 22970 unknown soldiers have been
gathered. The Lantern Tower and the Chapel are in the center of the cemetery.
|Canadian Memorial Vimy Ridge|
The Canadian memorial on top of Vimy Ridge is Canada's most important
memorial to the fallen soldiers of World War I. The Memorial commemorates
Canada's role in the First World War with stone figures that symbolize the
values defended and the sacrifices made. The central statue of a woman
represents Canada - a young nation mourning her fallen sons. Canadian
architect and sculptor Walter Seymour Allward designed the monument.
The land for the memorial as well as the surrounding 100 hectares were
given to Canada by France in 1922 in gratitude for sacrifices made by
Canada in the First World War and for the victory achieved by Canadian
troops in capturing Vimy Ridge in April 1917.
The memorial was built by the people of Canada as a tribute to their
countrymen who fought in the Great War and, particularly, to the more
than 66.000 men who gave their lives to defend freedom.
Vimy Ridge is today wooded, each tree planted by a native of Canada and
representing the sacrifice of a Canadian soldier.