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Gentelles is located in France
Coordinates: 49°50′45″N 2°27′28″E / 49.8458°N 2.4578°E / 49.8458; 2.4578Coordinates: 49°50′45″N 2°27′28″E / 49.8458°N 2.4578°E / 49.8458; 2.4578
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Somme
Arrondissement Amiens
Canton Boves
Intercommunality Val de Somme
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Christian Alix
Area1 5.57 km2 (2.15 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 4,787
 • Density 860/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 80376 /80800
Elevation 65–118 m (213–387 ft)
(avg. 117 m or 384 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.

Gentelles is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.


Gentelles is situated on the D168 road, some 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Amiens.


The village has been known by various name through its history: Gentilla, Gentella, Gentèle, Gentela, Gentelles, Gentilles, Le Gendalle and finally Gentelles.

It was the first town to be given to the abbey of Corbie by Clovis II and Saint Bathilde.

On November 27, 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War, Gentelles was the scene of a skirmish between the 20th Battalion of Chasseurs and the Germans. There were 25 fatalities, of which 12 were French, who are buried in the cemetery, where later a memorial was erected.
During World War I, the village was at the centre of fighting during the Battle of the Somme and was all but destroyed.


Historical population of Gentelles
Year 1896 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 545 269 299 358 359 446 461 478
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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