Ranville War Cemetery

Caen
Normandy
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

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 to silence German guns and secure bridges before the D-Day landings at Sword Beach.  Immaculately kept, the cemetery also holds the graves of 97 unidentified soldiers, 330 German graves and some burials of other nationalities. Inside the churchyard are a further 47 Commonwealth burials, including one unidentified grave, and a German grave. 

Places to visit nearby

Caen, in Normandy, is one of the oldest university towns in France. Bustling with activity, it is a vibrant and attractive city on the River Orne.

Deauville in Normandy is a glamorous town on the Côte Fleurie ('flowery coast'), famous for horse racing and its international cultural festivals.

Trouville in Normandy is both a charming seaside resort and a picturesque fishing village all in one!

Nearby attractions

Just a short drive from the ferry port at Caen, the British attack on Pegasus Bridge in the early hours of June 6th was crucial to the success of Operation Overlord. The bridge spanned the Caen Canal, a vital supply and...

The Site Fortifié Hillman, or Hillman Bunker, is a 24 hectare site made up of 18 concrete bunkers connected by underground trenches.

The Merville Gun Battery was one of the primary objectives for the 6th Airborne Division who landed in the night to silence German guns and seize bridges before the arrival of the D-Day landings in the morning of 6th June 1944...