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The story of the First World War cannot simply be summed up as a succession of battles along the Western Front. Far from the combat zones, the civilian population had to learn to live with the soldiers of the Allied armies or suffer the harsh rules of the Occupation. With the war over, the towns and villages had to be rebuilt and memorials erected in memory of the fallen. This website is full of articles for you to read and learn about the events which took place in Northern France during the First World War.