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Memorial to the French %+%Organization%m%35%n%Moroccan Division%-% at Vimy Ridge. The face commemorates the Division's victory at the %+%Event%m%84%n%Second Battle of Artois%-%, in which the Moroccan Division broke the German front for the first time and took Hill 140, their objective.
Listed on the sides of the memorial are the sectors and battles where the Division fought:
1914
The Ardennes
August 28 - La Fosse a l'Eeau
August 30 - Bertoncourt
September 1 - Alincourt
The Marne
September 6 to 9 - Coizard, Mondement
December 30 - Ferme d'Alger
1915
Belgium
January 28 - Nieuport, la Grande Dune
Artois
May 9 - la Cote 140
June 16 - Ravin de Souchez
Champagne
September 25 - Butte de Souain, Bois Sabot
1916
the Somme
July 4 - Assevillers, Bellov en Santerre, Barleux
1917
Champagne
April 17 - Moronvilliers, Mont sans Nom, Auberive
Verdun
August 20 - Cumieres, Bois des Corbeaux, Forges Regnieville
1918
Lorraine
January 8 - Flirey
the Somme
April 26 - Villers-Bretonneux, Bois de Hangard
the Aisne
May 30 - Vauxbuin, Chazelle
June 12 - Ambleny
July 18 to 20 - Dommiers Chaudum
September 2 to 8 - Terny-Sorny, Moulin de Laffaux, Allemant
November 11 - Victory
November 17 - Entered Chateau-Salins

Memorial to the French Moroccan Division at Vimy Ridge. The face commemorates the Division's victory at the Second Battle of Artois, in which the Moroccan Division broke the German front for the first time and took Hill 140, their objective.
Listed on the sides of the memorial are the sectors and battles where the Division fought:
1914
The Ardennes
August 28 - La Fosse a l'Eeau
August 30 - Bertoncourt
September 1 - Alincourt
The Marne
September 6 to 9 - Coizard, Mondement
December 30 - Ferme d'Alger
1915
Belgium
January 28 - Nieuport, la Grande Dune
Artois
May 9 - la Cote 140
June 16 - Ravin de Souchez
Champagne
September 25 - Butte de Souain, Bois Sabot
1916
the Somme
July 4 - Assevillers, Bellov en Santerre, Barleux
1917
Champagne
April 17 - Moronvilliers, Mont sans Nom, Auberive
Verdun
August 20 - Cumieres, Bois des Corbeaux, Forges Regnieville
1918
Lorraine
January 8 - Flirey
the Somme
April 26 - Villers-Bretonneux, Bois de Hangard
the Aisne
May 30 - Vauxbuin, Chazelle
June 12 - Ambleny
July 18 to 20 - Dommiers Chaudum
September 2 to 8 - Terny-Sorny, Moulin de Laffaux, Allemant
November 11 - Victory
November 17 - Entered Chateau-Salins © 2013, John M. Shea

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Aux Morts de la Division Marocaine

Sans Peur Sans Pitié

A la mémoire

du Colonel Pein, Ct. de la 1re Brigade. du Colonel Cros, Ct. de la 2me Brigade

des Officiers, S/Officiers et Soldats de la Don Marocaine

Tombé ici glorieusement les 9, 10, & 11 Mai 1915

Le 9 Mai 1915 les Régiments de la Don Morocaine s'elancant a 10 Hres des tranchées de Berthonval et brisant de haute lutte la résistance des Allemands atteignirent d'un bond la cote 140, leur objectif, rompant pour la premiere fois le front ennemi



To the Dead of the Moroccan Division

Fearless Pitiless

To the Memory

of Colonel Pein, Commandant of the 1st Brigade, of Colonel Cros, Commandant of the 2nd Brigade,

of the Officers, Non-commissioned Officers, and Soldiers of the Moroccan Division

Gloriously fell here May 9, 10, & 11 1915

On May 9 1915 the Regiments of the Moroccan Division, darting at 10:00 hours from the Berthonval trenches, and breaking the resistance of the Germans in a hard-fought struggle, reached Hill 140, their object, breaking the enemy's front for the first time.

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Morocco was a French colony in North Africa.

The French Armée d’Afrique, the Army of Africa, consisted of troops from Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia. Native Arabs and Berbers were typically light cavalry or infantry - spahis and tirailleurs. French settlers typically served as Chasseurs d'Afrique or Zouaves - again, light cavalry or infantry.

In 1914, Moroccan troops fought in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Frontiers and in the Battle of the Marne.

On May 9, 1915, in the Second Battle of Artois, the Moroccan Division broke the German front for the first time and took Hill 140, their objective. Months later, on September 25, the Division fought in the Second Battle of Champagne at Butte de Souain and Bois Sabot.

In 1916, Moroccans fought in the Battle of the Somme, which began July 1. On July 4 the Division was in combat at Assevillers, Bellov en Santerre, and Barleux.

In 1917, the Moroccan Division was again in Champagne, and fighting in the Second Battle of the Aisne (the Battle of Chemin des Dames), the culmination of the disastrous Nivelle Offensive.

In 1918, Moroccan troops were in Lorraine. In April, during the German Spring Offensives, they were on the Somme.

Morocco is a colony in Africa.