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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Cambrai Monument to the Missing, Louverval, France

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On 20 November 1917, the British Army launched an attack toward Cambrai, an important German supply point, using about 400 tanks to great success … initially. Then the German army regrouped. By the end of the battle on 3 December, they had reclaimed almost all of the territory. The back-and-forth took a high toll, with over 40,000 casualties on each side.  

The Cambrai Monument to the Missing was dedicated on 4 August 1930, recording the names of over 7000 British and South African troops killed in the battle with no known grave. The monument was designed by architect Harold Chalton Bradshaw. Standing on a terrace, behind the entrance arches of Louverval Military Cemetery, it forms a semi-circle around a Stone of Remembrance. On either end is a finely detailed bas-relief sculpture by Charles Sargeant Jagger: A Forward Artillery Observer in a Captured Trench on the left; and Stretcher Bearers on the right.

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