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Monchy-le-Preux, April 1917


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#1 fritz

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 03:30 PM

Hi,

I am thinking over this two pics.

The first is from Malte Znaniecki and is taken short time before the the battle of Arras started. It give us an impression of "Villa Barbara" headquarters of IR 163. This regiment fought on 9th april 1917 in and northern of Neuville-Vitasse.

The other one is from Walking Arras of John Reed. Taken when Monchy was in British hands perhaps one week later. This white house is it "Villa Barbara" again?

Here the damaged house

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 04:41 PM

The Battleground Europe book, Monchy Le Preux by Colin Fox has the same photo as your second one with the building annotated as Villa Barbara.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 04:02 PM

Another view. This pic is titled "Monchy-le-Preux-18pdrsUnderFireBattleofArras24April1917.
I believe Monchy was in British hands then. Clearly to guess on the left of the town Villa Barbara.
When was it completely destroyed?

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 05:18 PM

Artillery took a heavy punishment that month: http://bit.ly/AxVtLd

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:00 PM

Perhaps Lt. Brooks had taken this one too...?

Sorry, here comes the pic

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