There are three distinct battles around Notre Dame de Lorette that collectively may be identified as the Battles of Artois, though accounts of their precise dates and results differ between the French and British versions.


The First which began on 26 October 1914 was a series of German attacks and French counter-attacks which left Notre Dame in German hands.


The Second, an attack by the French which opened on 9 May 1915, lasted until 24 June and re-took the heights of Notre Dame.


The Third, again an attack by the French (in concert with the British attack at Loos) began on 25 September 1915 aiming to take Vimy Ridge. It failed. Not until the Canadian attack during the Arras offensives of April 1917 would the Ridge be re-gained.


The Notre Dame de Lorette battlefield tour is combined with the Artois battlefield tour and takes 5 hours.The story is told in our Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Book Western Front - North and as with all of our books it is illustrated with maps and photographs.