La Cambe German War Cemetery

Bayeux
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

See the other side of the devastation caused by WW2 at the La Cambe German War Cemetery which holds 21,140 German graves. Very different to the Allied cemeteries, the graves are marked with small plaques and dark crosses. A tumulus nearly 6m high, mounted by a cross of basalt with 2 figures at its sides, stands over this peaceful and respectful cemetery that is looked after by the German War Graves Commission.

The Information Centre at the cemetery is dedicated to the memory of the 100,000 lives lost during Operation Overlord and the ensuing Battle of Normandy whether British, American, Canadian, French, German, Polish and many other nationalities. It also commemorates the 14,000 French civilians who were also killed and focuses on themes of reconciliation, understanding and friendship. Take a walk around the Peace Park which stretches along the roadside just outside of the cemetery where every tree has been planted and sponsored in the name of peace.

 

Nearby attractions

Forgotten for the past 60 years, the Batterie de Maisy was an integral part of the German Atlantic Wall around the Utah and Omaha beaches.

The Musée des Rangers traces the historic acts of the elite US Rangers who took the Pointe du Hoc on D-Day.

Standing right at the tip of this rugged clifftop, the Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial was originally erected by the French in honour of the American Second Ranger Battalion.

Visiting the beach today, it is difficult to imagine what faced the Allieds when they landed on this picturesque golden beach.

Places to visit nearby

Carentan in Normandy is a quaint town surrounded by vast wetlands and marshes teeming with wildlife - but it is most famous as the site of the Battle of Carentan during the Battle of Normandy in WW2.

Bayeux in Normandy is a beautiful medieval city, brimming with history, and is the home of the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

Coutances in Normandy is an historical market town, set amongst beautiful countryside and close to the coast, that is famous for its beautiful cathedral.