Villeret, Aisne

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Villeret
Villeret is located in France
Villeret
Villeret
Coordinates: 49°57′11″N 3°11′38″E / 49.9531°N 3.1939°E / 49.9531; 3.1939Coordinates: 49°57′11″N 3°11′38″E / 49.9531°N 3.1939°E / 49.9531; 3.1939
Country France
Region Picardy
Department Aisne
Arrondissement Saint-Quentin
Canton Le Catelet
Intercommunality Pays du Vermandois
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Marie
Area1 3.95 km2 (1.53 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 314
 • 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.

Villeret is a commune in the Aisne department in Picardy in northern France.

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Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 413 —    
1968 390 −5.6%
1975 323 −17.2%
1982 291 −9.9%
1990 293 +0.7%
1999 311 +6.1%
2008 314 +1.0%

History[edit]

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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