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View of the village of Courcelles

View of the village of Courcelles

This photograph of Courcelles, near Bapaume, shows shattered buildings on either side of the village street. This photograph is likely to have been taken in the autumn of 1918, after the Allies had recaptured much of this area. The Germans in retreat had devastated many villages and towns, to hinder the troops and demoralise the French civilians. In the areas directly affected by the Western Fr…