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Ruines de l'Eglise d'Ablain-Saint-Nazaire


In mid-1915, French troops succeeded in taking Lorette Spur but failed to secure Vimy Ridge; in the fighting the village church of Ablain-Saint-Nazaire was reduced to rubble. At the end of the war it was decided to preserve the ruins as a 'testament'. Instead of rebuilding at great cost, the French authorities approved the construction of a new church which was completed in 1932. Today the Old Church continues to remind us of the horrors of the Great War and the vagaries of the Reconstruction.