Ovillers-la-Boisselle

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Ovillers-la-Boisselle
Ovillers-la-Boisselle is located in France
Ovillers-la-Boisselle
Ovillers-la-Boisselle
Coordinates: 50°01′56″N 2°41′55″E / 50.0322°N 2.6986°E / 50.0322; 2.6986Coordinates: 50°01′56″N 2°41′55″E / 50.0322°N 2.6986°E / 50.0322; 2.6986
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Albert
Intercommunality Pays du Coquelicot
Government
 • Mayor (2008) Line Wattraint
Area1 9.61 km2 (3.71 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 362
 • Density 38/km2 (98/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 80615 / 80300
Elevation 80–153 m (262–502 ft)
(avg. 115 m or 377 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.

Ovillers-la-Boisselle is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.

Geography[edit]

The commune of Ovillers-la-Boisselle is situated 22 kilometres (14 mi) northeast of Amiens and extends to the north and south of the D 929 Albert–Bapaume road.

The constituent village of Ovillers-la-Boisselle (commonly shortened to "Ovillers") lies on the north of the D 929 road, north-east of Aveluy and south-west of Pozières.

The constituent village of La Boisselle, which had 35 houses in 1914, lies across the D 929, to the south-west of Ovillers at the junction of the D 104 to Contalmaison.

Population[edit]

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
312 333 336 390 392 371 362
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

History[edit]

The village of La Boisselle is a settlement dating back to pre-Roman times,[1] and the D 929 Albert–Bapaume road follows the course of a Roman road. During the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871), the area suffered serious damage after the Battle of Bapaume.[1]

In World War I, the area was the site of intense and sustained fighting between German and Allied forces. Between 1914 and 1916, the Western Front ran through the commune, and its villages were completely destroyed. In 1916, the communue was the site of particularly heavy fighting during the Battle of the Somme (see Ovillers-la-Boisselle in World War I). After the Armistice of 11 November 1918, the former inhabitants returned and gradually rebuilt most of the infrastructure as it had been before the war.

In 2011, British researchers around Peter Barton started the La Boisselle Project, a long-term archaeological, historical, technological and genealogical study with special focus on L'îlot de La Boisselle, a 3.12-hectare (7.7-acre) historic site on the south-western tip of La Boisselle which was known during World War I as L'îlot to the French, Granathof to the Germans and Glory Hole to the British. The site still holds mine craters as well as traces of trenches, shelters and tunnels related to underground warfare,[2] but is private property and not open to the public.

Places of interest[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The La Boisselle Project: project details, access date: 4 November 2016
  2. ^ La Boisselle Project, access date 31 October 2016

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