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The Abbaye De Vaucelles.

The Abbaye De Vaucelles.

The Abbey at Vaucelles is probably the biggest structure in the Western Front to have survived World War 1. The Abbey dates from the 12th Century, but the 17th Century section served as a supply depot and a German Headquarters. The Germans abandoned it on 20th November 1917 as the British attack rolled forward in this sector. Some of the Abbey has been restored but a large section still stands empty with its bullet marked and shrapnel damaged exterior.

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