NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY COLLEVILLE SUR MER
Originally Posted by skullcrusher
Avatar changed accordingly. Those brave men headed into hell that day to fight for the world's freedom. Around 10,000 of them never made it inland.
At the conclusion of the fighting in Normandy, there were more than ten American cemeteries on the battlefield, with hundreds of small burial grounds and isolated graves. The American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) repatriated at least 60% of these burials back to the United States, and concentrated the remaining casualties into two main cemeteries; one
in Normandy and another in Britanny.
To a size of 172.5 acres, the Normandy American Cemetery has 9,387 burials of US service men and women. Of this number, some 307 are unknowns, three are Medal of Honour winners and four are women. In addition there are 33 pairs of brothers buried side by side. It is the largest American Cemetery from WW2, but not the largest in Europe: that is the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery from WW1 with more than 14,000 burials.
The main body of the cemetery is rectangular with the main paths laid out in the pattern of a Latin cross.