Overblog Follow this blog
Edit post Administration Create my blog

Profil

  • The Baguette
  • De captivants à banals, les articles et photographies de “The Baguette” sont une tentative de publier un journal de ma vie dans la Manche et de proposer un forum de discussion pour tout ce qui touche à la Normandie.
  • De captivants à banals, les articles et photographies de “The Baguette” sont une tentative de publier un journal de ma vie dans la Manche et de proposer un forum de discussion pour tout ce qui touche à la Normandie.

Archives

May 22 2010 7 22 /05 /May /2010 12:24

044 La Cambe NormandieDuring the Allied invasion of Normandy, the United States Army Graves Registration Service established two large cemeteries with fallen American and German soldiers near the village La Cambe, about eight kilometers east of Isigny-sur-Mer.  After 1945, the United States relocated its dead to the newly laid out graveyard of Colleville-sur-Mer, and moved the fallen German soldiers from there to La Cambe.  Thus there arose from the two cemeteries formerly occupied by Americans and Germans the separate cemeteries we know today.  See my earlier post about Colleville-sur-Mer HERE. 

045 La Cambe NormandieThe fallen German soldiers lay at the end of the war in the departments of La Manche, l’Orne and Le Calvados in some 1,400 townships.  In 1956, the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfäsorge (German War Graves Commission) began bringing together the dead in six graveyards in Normandy.  The others are :

 

Champigny-St-André : 19,809 dead

St-Désir-de-Lisieux : 3,735 dead

Marigny : 11,169 dead

Orglandes : 10,152 dead

Mont-de-Huisnes : 11,956 dead

 

046 La Cambe NormandieAt the time, La Cambe was already the largest German cemetery with over 8,000 dead.  Today, 21,222 fallen German soldiers are laid to rest here making La Cambe the largest of the German cemeteries.

050 La Cambe NormandieThe extension and lying out of the grounds made necessary a renewal of the surrounding bank.  An international youth camp of young people from many nations accomplished this work in 1958.  047 La Cambe NormandieThe volunteers also worked on building up the almost six meter high tumulus, which has taken in 207 unknown dead and 89 who are known by name yet placed in a “Kameradengrab” (mass grave).  On its peak stands a mighty basalt lava cross with two side figures.

048 La Cambe NormandieThe cemetery was inaugurated on the 21st September 1961.  The site is dotted with trees and Maltese crosses arranged in groups of five.  The German dead are buried two or more underneath small cross-shaped slabs (nearly flush with the short grass).

051 La Cambe Normandie

049 La Cambe Normandie

Share this post

Repost 0
Published by The Baguette - in Calvados