La Cambe Things to Do
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This German cemetery was originally a mixture of both German and American burials. In 1947 the Americans were repatriated or re-buried at St Laurent. The following year the British and French war graves organisations began bringing in German dead and in 1956 work began in concentrating all German burials in the area into six cemeteries.
Work here was completed in 1961, most of the re-burials and landscaping having been done by international students nations in 1958.
The small groups of black stone crosses do not mark graves. The graves are marked by flat stones. Often there are four names or more in each grave. The Germans call this "comradeship in death".
There is a large mound, topped by a large cross.
When visiting the Normandy war cemeteries, you will notice striking differences. The British and Commonwealth cemeteries are bright, open with white gravestones, The American cemetery is fresh with pine trees and white crosses. The German cemetery is darker with dark oak trees and small dark crosses.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Besides the Allied cemeteries, you can also visit the German ones...
Enemies at that time, now side by side... and why not...Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
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The famous Albert Schweizer once said that "graves from soldiers are the best preachers for peace" and how right he was, when you either stand on the German cemetry or on the American, British, Canadian, French, Belgian, Dutch, Russian etc. etc. etc. etc. cemetries. The entrance building of La Cambe German cemetry makes a beautiful statement of peace, yet especially in recent years again many do not want to hear it.
The entrance buildings hold explanations on the cemetry, lists of names and locations as well as some stories about how the battle commenced and the war was lost to let freedom prevail over Europe again ... for how long ...?
La Cambe Favorites
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Favorite thing: AN OBSERVATION
" WITH IT'S MELANCOLY RIGOR , IT IS A GRAVEYARD FOR SOLDIERS NOT ALL OF WHOM HAD CHOSEN EITHER THE CAUSE OR THE FIGHT . THEY TOO HAVE FOUND REST IN OUR SOIL IN FRANCE ."