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Around 100,000 soldiers were killed in combat in Normandy in the summer of 1944
Some of them were repatriated back to their homelands. However, the great majority are buried in Normandy, in 26 military cemeteries: 16 British, 2 Canadian, 2 American, 1 French and 4 German

Around 100,000 soldiers (40,000 Allies and 60,000 Germans) lost their lives in combat in Normandy during the summer of 1944. Some of them (essentially American troops) were repatriated back to their homeland. However, the great majority are buried in Normandy, in 26 military cemeteries.

The remains of around 14,000 American soldiers, killed in action in Normandy, were repatriated back to the United States after the war.
Their compatriots, many of whom had been buried in temporary cemeteries, are reunited in Colleville-sur-Mer (Normandy American Cemetery) and in Saint-James (Brittany American Cemetery).
The American cemeteries are of neo-classical style with long rows of white crosses over vast plots of land conceded to the United States by France in 1956.

Around 17,000 British and 5,000 Canadian soldiers are laid to rest in Normandy. In keeping with an age-old British Army custom, fallen soldiers must be buried in the place they perished. Hence, the great number of Commonwealth cemeteries (18 British and 2 Canadian) and their often modest dimension. A further originality of these cemeteries is the presence of soldiers of other nationalities, including Germans.
Most Commonwealth war cemeteries follow the same architectural design, with pergolas, flower beds at the foot of the white sandstone headstones, a Cross of Sacrifice and – at least for the larger cemeteries - a monument in the form of an altar, the Stone of Remembrance.

Over 58,200 soldiers are laid to rest in the German cemeteries in La Cambe, Marigny, Orglandes, Saint-Désir-de-Lisieux and in the Mont d'Huisnes ossuary (along with a further 19,800 in Saint-André, in the Eure département).
A further 2,300 German graves can also be found in British cemeteries.
German cemeteries are of quite particular characteristics: vast lawns planted with trees and scattered with dark crosses or small slabs under which the German soldiers are laid to rest, generally two by two.
German cemeteries are serviced by the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge, an association founded after the Great War.

Urville cemetery is the only Polish World War II necropolis in France. It houses 696 graves around a large V-shaped monument, surmounted with an aluminium sculpture symbolising the Polish eagle.
Most of the buried were soldiers from General Maczek's 1st Armoured Division, engaged in the Battle of Normandy in August 1944.
The graves of other Polish troops killed elsewhere in France during the Liberation are also reunited in Urville.

The remains of most of the 70 men from the 2nd French Armoured Division, killed in action in the Orne département, were returned to their families. Only 19 soldiers are buried in the necropolis, inaugurated in 1970, after having been transferred from local cemeteries.

  • Cimetière américain à Colleville
  • Cimetière allemand
  • Cimetière britannique
  • Cérémonie à la mémoire des victimes américaines