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|Intercommunality||Pays du Vermandois|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Michel Marie|
|• Land1||3.95 km2 (1.53 sq mi)|
|• Population2 Density||79/km2 (210/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||02808 / 02420|
|Elevation||97–147 m (318–482 ft)
(avg. 138 m or 453 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.
During the first World War, Villeret was under German occupation. Citizens of Villeret secretly sheltered a group of British soldiers who had become detached from their units in September 1914. Four of the men were discovered by the Germans and executed in 1916. This story was the subject of the 2011 book "The Englishman's Daughter / A True Story of Love and Betrayal in World War I" by Ben Macintyre. The early chapters of the book contain information on the history of Villeret.
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