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British and American war cemeteries

Published on October 2, 2015 by Chris Robinson

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The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer honours American troops who died in Europe during World War II. The cemetery is the resting place of 9,387 Americans who fought during the conflict. It overlooks Omaha beach which was one of two beaches where American troops landed during D-Day.

At Bayeux the largest cemetery for commonwealth troops can be found. More than 1,400 servicemen are buried here, 340 of whom are unidentified.

Opposite the cemetery, the memorial is engraved with the names of 1800 commonwealth land force men and women who have no known grave. They fell during the landings and the ensuing Battle of Normandy on 6 June 1944. An inscription in latin reads: We, once conquered by William, have now set free the Conqueror's native land.

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