The German cemetery in La Cambe in Normandy

A tour of the largest German cemetery in Normandy where more 21 000 soldiers are buried.

La Cambe German cemetery was created by the Americans in 1944 to bury American and German soldiers who died during the battle of Normandy. American soldiers were moved to the cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer near Omaha Beach. Only remains today the German soldiers.

The cemetery is easy to access, it is located on route 13, you won't miss it if you visit the other sites of the Normandy landings: Sainte-Mère-Église or Omaha Beach (15 km).

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Duration: 1 h.

The information centre

The information centre
An information centre texplains the work of the German association (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge) to maintain the site.

The Cross

The Cross
A large basaltic cross stands in the middle of the cemetery.

The cemetery

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The cemetery
A plaque on the ground indicates the name and date of birth of the soldiers who have been identified.

The graves

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The graves
You can see the grave of Michael Wittmann, one of the greatest commanders of the second World War (130 tanks destroyed). He died during a counterattack in his Tiger tank in 1944. The nostalgic people have already stolen the plaque on his grave.

The Celtic Cross

The Celtic Cross
No Christian Cross on this cemetery, only of the Celtic Cross.

The mound

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The mound
200 soldiers who could not be identified lie beneath the central mound.

The plates on the ground

The plates on the ground
Most of the soldiers buried at La Cambe are very young.
Departure point (Google Maps)

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