Nord-Pas de Calais - Créateurs d'horizons

Statue du Général Maistre

Monument to the dead (ABLAIN-SAINT-NAZAIRE)

The monument 'to the glory of General Maistre and the 21st Army Corps' stands on the probable location of the command post where the French laid plans for the taking of Lorette Spur during the Second Battle of Artois. In May 1915, after three days of hand-to-hand fighting the French 21st Army Corps finally took the German position next to the old chapel of Our Lady of Loretto. They had liberated the spur but the village of Souchez below it remained in German hands until the following September.