Albert (place)

The home of the Lonsdale Battalion and the Border Regiment in the First World War
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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]

  • On 27 March, 1918, the Germans took it and Montdidier, within 12 miles of Amiens.
  • On 8 August, 1918, the British Fourth Army and the French Third Army attacked under Sir Douglas Haig, with tanks, from Albert to north of Montdidier. The Germans were completely surprised, and the Allies broke through the lines taking thousands of prisoners and hundreds of guns.
  • On 22 August, 1918, the British attacked between the Ancre and the Somme, and took Albert.

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References / notes[edit]

  1. E. W. Colbrook (1919). Odhams' A.B.C. of the Great War. London, Odhams. p.4.