Molliens-au-Bois

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Molliens-au-Bois
The town hall and school in Molliens-au-Bois
The town hall and school in Molliens-au-Bois
Coat of arms of Molliens-au-Bois
Coat of arms
Location of Molliens-au-Bois
Molliens-au-Bois is located in France
Molliens-au-Bois
Molliens-au-Bois
Molliens-au-Bois is located in Hauts-de-France
Molliens-au-Bois
Molliens-au-Bois
Coordinates: 49°59′20″N 2°23′10″E / 49.989°N 2.3861°E / 49.989; 2.3861Coordinates: 49°59′20″N 2°23′10″E / 49.989°N 2.3861°E / 49.989; 2.3861
CountryFrance
RegionHauts-de-France
DepartmentSomme
ArrondissementAmiens
CantonCorbie
IntercommunalityCC Territoire Nord Picardie
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean-Pierre Valet
Area
1
7.28 km2 (2.81 sq mi)
Population
 (2017-01-01)[1]
322
 • Density44/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
80553 /80260
Elevation62–129 m (203–423 ft)
(avg. 105 m or 344 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Molliens-au-Bois is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.

Geography[edit]

The commune is situated on the D30 and D78 road junction, some 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Amiens.

History[edit]

During the Battle of Amiens in August 1918, the divisional HQ of the U.S 33rd Infantry Division was set up in the chateau at Molliens-au-Bois. During that period, King George V went to the castle and awarded medals to General Pershing and other troops. General Bell was the C.O of the division.

On the night of August 8–9, 1918, as three Battalions of Doughboys from the 33rd U.S. Division were joining the Allied offensive during the Battle of Amiens, American war poet Lieut. John Allan Wyeth and Lieut. Thomas J. Cochrane were assigned to deliver sealed orders from Division HQ at Molliens-au-Bois to the Field Headquarters of all three Battalions engaged in the attack. The location of each Battalion was unknown, but they were believed to be along the northern bank of the Somme River, near the village of Sailly-le-Sec. Wyeth would later describe the mission in detail in his six interlinked "Chipilly Ridge sonnets."[2]

Population[edit]

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
179 192 208 195 315 326 336
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ B.J. Omanson (2019), Before the Clangor of the Gun: The First World War Poetry of John Allan Wyeth, pages 36-49.

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