|Intercommunality||Canton of Combles|
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||René Damay|
|• Land1||9.87 km2 (3.81 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||73/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||80204 / 80360|
|Elevation||83–153 m (272–502 ft)
(avg. 30 m or 98 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.
Combles is situated on the D20 road, some 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Amiens.
Combles was the operations centre for the battle of Bapaume during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71.
Combles was again at the centre of much fighting during World War I (1914-1918), with many of its buildings damaged and many of its residents injured or killed, not to mention the numerous casualties among the forces in combat there. Many British soldiers who fell in the war are buried in the local cemetery, and there are numerous war cemeteries in the immediate surrounding area.
It has, however, been substantially developed since the war's end.
|From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.|
- Combles on the Quid website (French)
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