The Allies’ logistics base on the Channel coast
In 1916 the General Headquarters of the British Army took up residence in the village of Montreuil-sur-Mer which subsequently became the nerve centre of an immense logistics chain stretching along the Channel Coast.
Boulogne-sur-Mer and other Channel ports saw a steady flow of supplies and fresh troops entering France from all over the world. After training, the new recruits were sent to the various sectors of the Western Front under British control, such as Flanders, Artois and Somme. Vast hospital complexes were also set up on the coast to care for the wounded returning from the Front.