The German cemetery in La Cambe in Normandy

A tour of the largest German cemetery in Normandy where more 21 000 soldiers is based.

La Cambe German cemetery was created by the Americans in 1944 to bury American and German soldiers who died during the battle of Normandy. American soldiers then were moved to the cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer near the beach of Omaha Beach. It remains today as German soldiers.

The cemetery is easy to access, it is located on route 13, you will not miss if you go visit the other sites of the Normandy landings as holy mother church or Omaha Beach (15 km).

Interest: notegood (1 note)
Difficulty: difficulté
Duration: 1 h.

The information center

The information center
The site is an information center that explains the work of the German association (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge) to maintain the site.

The cross

The cross
A large basaltic cross sits in the middle of the cemetery.

The cemetery

The cemetery
A plaque on the ground indicates the name and date of birth of the soldiers who have been identified.

The graves

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The graves
In the cemetery rests Michael Wittmann, one of the greatest commanders of the second World War (130 tanks destroyed under his belt). He died during a counterattack in his Tiger tank in 1944. The nostalgic at this time have already flown 2 times the plaque on his grave.

The Celtic Cross

The Celtic Cross
Unlike the American Cemetery there is no cross Christian but only of the Celtic Cross.

The mound

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The mound
200 soldiers who could not be identified lie beneath the central mound.

The plates on the ground

The plates on the ground
The majority of the soldiers buried at La Cambe are very young.

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