US war cemetary memorial, Normandy

WW2 cemeteries

D-Day, and the Battle of Normandy in the weeks that followed the landings, cost a terrible price in lives lost on both sides of the war. Although traditional figures state that 2,500 Allied troops were killed on D-Day itself, recent research suggests the figure could be more like 4,000 with losses on the German side also numbering into the 1000s, although the exact number is still unknown. The statistics of casualties inflicted during the Battle of Normandy are almost unimaginable with over 425,000 Allied and German troops killed, wounded or missing in action during the battle.

Normandy's war cemeteries are immaculately kept by organisations such as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the American Battle Monuments Commission, and the German War Graves Commission. The websites for all of these organisations allow you to search their databases of war dead in order to find specific graves.

Whether you are visiting the graves of members of your family who are among the war dead in these cemeteries, or are interested in this incredible moment in world history, the war cemeteries in Normandy are an astounding way of seeing first-hand the scale of what happened in Northern France during the summer of 1944 and the shocking death toll it wreaked on all the armed forces involved.

Allied and German war cemeteries in Normandy

BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Standing opposite the Museum of the Battle of Normandy and the Bayeux Memorial, the Bayeux War Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in France.

BENY-SUR-MER CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY

A moving and peaceful memorial to those Canadian soldiers who lost their lives at Juno Beach and in the days following the D-Day Landings.

LA CAMBE GERMAN WAR CEMETERY

See the other side of the devastation caused by WW2 at the La Cambe German War Cemetery which holds 21,140 German graves. 

NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

You don't have to be American to be moved by the scale and the story of courage and sacrifice that lies behind the cemetery at Omaha Beach.

RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY

The Ranville War Cemetery contains the graves of 2,235 Commonwealth servicemen, many from the British 6th Airborne Division who landed by parachute and glider nearby.

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