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Country  France
Department  Pas-de-Calais
Canton  Vimy
Population  2,051 (1999)
Region  Hauts-de-France
Arrondissement  Arras
Area  5.95 km²
Local time  Tuesday 12:10 PM
Givenchy-en-Gohelle
Intercommunality  Communaupole de Lens-Liévin
Weather  10°C, Wind SW at 19 km/h, 90% Humidity

Givenchy-en-Gohelle is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region of France.

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Map of Givenchy-en-Gohelle, France

Geography

Givenchy-en-Gohelle is a large farming village situated 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Arras, at the junction of the D51 and the D55 roads. Its neighboring communes are Souchez to the west, Angres to the northwest, Liévin to the north, Avion to the east and Vimy to the southeast.

The Bois de Givenchy or Givenchy Forest, covers much of the commune on its northern side. To further the agricultural range of products, the commune of Givenchy-en-Gohelle have planted grapes (chardonnay and pinot gris). The first grape harvest took place in 2000.

History

During the First World War, Givenchy-en-Gohelle was on the front line between German and Allied forces and severely damaged, particularly during the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917. For much of the First World War, the village also was the site of sustained underground fighting between German and British tunneling units.

Places of interest

  • The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is the most significant Canadian monument to the members of their Armed Forces who died during the First World War. It is located within the territory of the commune of Givenchy-en-Gohelle, scene of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The memorial is on land that was given to Canada by the French "freely and for all time".
  • The church of St. Martin, dating from the seventeenth century.
  • The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Canadian memorial and cemeteries.
  • References

    Givenchy-en-Gohelle Wikipedia


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