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Monument à la Division Marocaine

Monument to the dead (VIMY)

Opposite the Canadian Memorial on Vimy Ridge stands a more modest monument to 'the officers and soldiers of the Moroccan Division' who fell there during the Second Battle of Artois. On 9 May 1915, two years before the success of the Canadian Corps, the Moroccan Division fought their way up to Vimy Ridge; however for want of reinforcements, they were soon obliged to retreat. In all, nearly 450,000 soldiers from the French colonies and protectorates fought on the battlefields of Europe during the Great War.