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Ovillers-la-Boisselle is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.GeographyThe commune of Ovillers-la-Boisselle is situated 22km 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 in 1914, lies across the D 929, to the south-west of Ovillers at the junction of the D 104 to Contalmaison.HistoryThe village of La Boisselle is a settlement dating back to pre-Roman times, 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.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.
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