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Coordinates: 50°00′52″N 2°49′33″E / 50.0144444444°N 2.82583333333°E / 50.0144444444; 2.82583333333

Commune of Guillemont

Guillemont is located in France
Country France
Region Picardie
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Combles
Intercommunality Canton of Combles
Mayor Didier Samain
Elevation 94–156 m (310–510 ft)
(avg. 138 m/450 ft)
Land area1 3.27 km2 (1.26 sq mi)
Population2 124  (2006)
 - Density 38 /km2 (98 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80401/ 80360
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Guillemont is a commune roughly 8 miles east of Albert in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.

It, like much of the surrounding area, is primarily an agricultural community, but is known for its large cemetery, which has become a tourist attraction. The cemetery began as a field graveyard after the Battle of Guillemont, but was quickly expanded after the Armistice when graves from surrounding areas were centralized here.

In World War I, Guillemont was one of several important strategic areas controlled by Germans that effectively divided allied forces. It was exchanged several times during the war, before being finally taken and held by the British 20th (Light) Division| and the 47th Brigade of the 16th (Irish) Division.

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