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Coordinates: 50°02′29″N 2°43′25″E / 50.041389°N 2.723611°E / 50.041389; 2.723611

Commune of Pozières

Location
Paris plan pointer b jms.svg
Map highlighting the commune of
Administration
Country France
Region Blason région fr Picardie.svg Picardie
Department Blason département fr Somme.svg Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Albert
Intercommunality Pays du Coquelicot
Mayor Bernard Delattre
(2001–2008)
Statistics
Elevation 115–161 m (380–530 ft)
(avg. 163 m/530 ft)
Land area1 3.24 km2 (1.25 sq mi)
Population2 238  (2006)
 - Density 73 /km2 (190 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 80640/ 80300
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.

Pozières is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.

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Geography

The commune is situated on the D929 road, some 21 miles (34 km) northeast of Amiens between Albert and Bapaume, on the Pozières ridge.

Population

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
278 281 254 279 276 244 238
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

History

The village was completely destroyed in World War I during what became the Battle of Pozières, which was part of the Battle of the Somme. The village was subsequently rebuilt, and is now the site of several war memorials. The Australian flag flies over Pozières in recognition of the sacrifice of the ANZACs in the Battle of Pozières. Amongst the British and other Commonwealth forces who fought at Pozières, the Australians suffered over 5,000 killed, wounded or taken prisoner.

”Gibraltar" bunker at the western end of Pozières, 28 August 1916, during the Battle of the Somme

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