Bayeux Memorial

 

Country: France

Locality: Calvados

Identified Casualties: 1801

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Memorial Location

The memorial is directly opposite Bayeux War Cemetery, and  lies on the south-west side of the main ring road (built by the British in 1944) around the city of Bayeux. It is about 100 metres from the junction with the D5 to Littry, and on the same side of the road, and only a short distance from the Museum of the Battle of Normandy (which is well signposted throughout Bayeux). Due to road changes there is now no longer parking directly in front of the cemetery; it is better to park at the Museum and walk over.

Memorial Information

Bayeux was entered late on 6th June 1944, but was formally liberated the next day - it fell without a fight. Charles de Gaulle established is first seat of government here until Paris was liberated, and it became the main staging post for the British Army in Normandy. The streets of Bayeux were too narrow for most military vehicles, and so the Royal Engineers and Pioneer Corps constructed a ring-road round Bayeux soon after D Day. Several military hospitals were established here in 1944.

The Memorial commemorates those who died in the Normandy campaign who have no known grave.

WW2 Commemorations

This memorial commemorates those who fell in Normandy who have no known grave, from the landings on 6th June 1944 to the breakout in August 1944.

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