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The First World War has left many traces in the history and
landscapes of Pas-de-Calais.
Its geographic location, between Belgium, the Somme and just a short distance from Great Britain, explains the strategic importance of the Battles of Artois and the Lys as well as the logistical organisation of the armies behind the frontline, in Saint-Omer and subsequently in Montreuil sur-Mer and along the entire Côte d’Opale coastline.
This brochure lists a selection of memorials, museums and highlights of the war and focuses on the many nationalities who came to the area during WW1.
For further information,
in particular about the nationalities who travelled from all
over the world to fight on the Western front, please visit