The îlot of La Boisselle

Unique vestige of First World War combats

The plot called the “îlot” in French has been unchanged since 1916. It is in the village of La Boisselle, in the Somme department, and still bears traces of the fighting that took place there during the First World War.

It was French soldiers posted to this sector of the front who named it “l'îIot”. The German troops called it “Granathof”, while the British named it “The Glory Hole”.

This plot was the theatre of numerous offensives and intense underground warfare, the ferocity of which can still be seen today in the dozen or so craters. Several hundred soldiers lost their lives here. Some of them, those whose bodies were never found, still lie here today.

In homage to those fallen on the battlefield, the association wishes to preserve and highlight this unique heritage from the First World War. The land will then be a memorial for future generations.

“It's hard to form an idea of what the îlot was like: hell, the soldiers would say; more down to earth: an indescribable chaos of stones, wood, bricks, all manner of objects… You had to crawl from place to place, but men lived there, fought there, clung there.”

— Commandant Thomas, 11/4 French Engineer Company