Albert (place)

An industrial town on the Ancre with a population of 6,750. The church of Notre-Dame Brebrieres was restored in recent years and attracts pilgrims. The village was called Ancre until the reign of Louis XIII, who presented it in 1617 to Charles d'Albert, Duc de Luynes. [1]

Also known as Bert, the town of the leaning virgin (on the above-named church), as a result of heavy shell fire that destroyed most of the town.[2]

Chronological events[edit]

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Primary source: Chronology of the War.[3]


  • 25 Sep - Battle of Albert began.
  • 16 Sep - Battle of Albert ended.


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References / notes[edit]

  1. E. W. Colbrook (1919). Odhams' A.B.C. of the Great War. London, Odhams. p.4.
  2. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.21.
  3. Events primarily sourced from, but not limited to: Lord Edward Gleichen (1918–1920). Chronology of the War. Volumes I, II & III. Constable & Company, London. (Copyright expired) Less frequently used sources are referenced separately.
  4. The Germans were completely surprised, and the Allies broke through the lines taking thousands of prisoners and hundreds of guns.