LA CAMBE GERMAN CEMETERY NORMANDY FRANCE
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La Cambe
CEMETERY INFORMATION
Name
Nationality
La Cambe German Cemetery
German
Established
Location
1954
La Cambe
Cemetery Address
Total graves
La Cambe - Normandy - France - TEL : +33 (0)2 31 51 62 00
21,222
Memorial
Chapel
Visitors Building

Opening hours
The cemetery is open on a daily basis from 08.00 - 19.00. The Information Centre is open daily from 08.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 19.00.

Description
In a clearing dotted with trees and Maltese crosses in groups of five, more than 21,222 men are buried here beneath small slabs. The fallen German soldiers from the Normandy campaign were scattered all over Normandy, many of them buried in isolated graves or small cemeteries. In the following years after the end of World War II, the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge (German War Graves Commission), decided to establish six main German cemeteries in the Normandy area. More than 12,000 German soldiers were moved from 1,400 smaller locations to this cemetery in La Cambe. Since September 1961, the year when the cemetery was finished and inaugurated, more than 700 bodies of fallen soldeirs have been found on the battlefields of Normandy, and were moved to be burried here.

In the centre of the cemetery stands an impressive tumulus, with on top a large cross flanked by statues. This marks the place where the remains of about 296 unidentified soldiers were burried. Since the mid-1990s there has been an Information Centre on the site. Here you can see a permanent exhibition about the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge, check casualties on a computer based database and there are also toilet facilities.

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