"A German Memorial..." La Cambe by Peter_P

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21.222 graves...

During the war, the most german casualties were buried in isolated or field graves or even small battlefield cemeteries.
In 1954 the German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge) decided to establish six German cemeteries in Normandy. In 1961 the cemetery at La Cambe was inaugurated...

The Tumulus

Even after this date more than 700 soldiers have been found on the battlefield. They are also buried here.
Nowadays 21.222 soldiers are commemorated here, of which 207 unknown and 89 identified. Buried in a mass grave (kamaradengraben) below the central tumulus.

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Most 'touching' cemetery...
  • Cons:near a highway
  • In a nutshell:Don't forget to visit...
  • Last visit to La Cambe: Mar 2003
  • Intro Updated May 10, 2003
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  • Jun 6, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    I had to visit this cemetery, as my father was initially buried there. Was struck by the contrast between LaCambe and Colleville.

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    Mar 26, 2005 at 9:49 PM

    Wonderful La cambe page. I have vivid memories of this place, probabaly because out of all the cemetaries in Normandy this was the sadest. Because it was empty. Seeing the how many 17 yrs old there made me think about the stupidity of war. great page

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