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Coat of arms of Masnières
Coat of arms
Masnières is located in France
Coordinates: 50°06′57″N 3°12′38″E / 50.1158°N 3.2106°E / 50.1158; 3.2106Coordinates: 50°06′57″N 3°12′38″E / 50.1158°N 3.2106°E / 50.1158; 3.2106
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Nord
Arrondissement Cambrai
Canton Le Cateau-Cambrésis
Intercommunality Vacquerie
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Colette Dessaint
Area1 10.97 km2 (4.24 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 2,525
 • Density 230/km2 (600/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 59389 /59241
Elevation 54–119 m (177–390 ft)
(avg. 62 m or 203 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Masnières is a commune in the Nord department in northern France.


Arms of Masnières
The arms of Masnières are blazoned:

Azure, an inescutcheon between in orle 11 billets argent. (Ligny-en-Cambrésis, Masnières and Villers-au-Tertre use the same arms.)


Masnières figured into the 1917 Battle of Cambrai during which time it was briefly captured by the British on the first day of the battle, November 20, and held for twelve days to protect vital bridgeheads between Masnières and Marcoing before the British withdrawal under the weight of heavy German counter-attack.

The actions of the battle are commemorated in and around Masnières by several Commonwealth War Graves Commission landmarks in and around the town, including:

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