La Cambe was established by the United States Army Graves Registration Service during the war, and was originally the resting place for both American and German soldiers, sailors and airmen - buried in two adjacent fields. In 1945, the Americans transferred two-thirds of their fallen from La Cambe back to America whilst the remainder were reinterred at the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.
There are 21,222 burials at La Cambe, with 207 belonging to unknown soldiers. It is a very different place to the American and Commonwealth cemeteries. The crosses here are made from grey schist and do not mark individuals graves. Instead, burial locations are marked by plaques on the ground. The majority of the German war dead buried at La Cambe fell between 6th June and 20th August 1944, and their ages range from 16 to 72.
Two notable burials at La Cambe are SS-Sturmbannführer Adolf Diekmann, the most senior officer at the massacre in Oradour-sur-Glane, killed in Normandy on 29th June 1944; and SS-Hauptsturmführer Michael Wittmann the tank commander who, along with his crew, was killed on 8th August 1944. The remains of Wittman and his crew were discovered in 1983 and was reinterred togeether at La Cambe.
Duration of the visit: As long as you wish
There is a car park near the entrance.
The cemetery is wheelchair accessible.
No public toilets.
The cemetry is free.
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