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The town hall in Combles
The town hall in Combles
Combles is located in France
Location within Hauts-de-France region
Combles is located in Hauts-de-France
Coordinates: 50°00′36″N 2°51′58″E / 50.01°N 2.8661°E / 50.01; 2.8661Coordinates: 50°00′36″N 2°51′58″E / 50.01°N 2.8661°E / 50.01; 2.8661
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Péronne
Intercommunality Haute Somme
 • Mayor (2001–2008) René Damay
Area1 9.87 km2 (3.81 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 718
 • Density 73/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
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 a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.


Combles is situated on the D20 road, some 50 km (31 mi) north-east of Amiens.


Combles after its capture in 1916 by British and French troops
Söldenau war memorial (Ortenburg, Germany); among the dead is Georg Reiter, killed at Combles on 30 April 1916

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.


Historical population of Combles
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

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