Deutsche Kriegsgräberstätte Cassino/Italien

Discussion in 'War Cemeteries & War Memorial Research' started by Owen, May 28, 2008.

  1. Owen

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    We also visited this German cemetery.
    Which contains over 20050 burials.
    The leaflet says 20051 the postcard says 20058.
    They were concentrated here from many hundreds of smaller ones.
    Outside the cemetery we met an Austrian Veteran.
    Unfortunately my photo of him is blurred, I'm sure Paul has a better one.
    Some of the war dead were Russians, see "HIWI" on one of the graves.
    The final photo in this batch is from the next day looking back down from the Cavendish Road , the German cemetery is in the lower-centre of the shot, the wooded hill.
     

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  2. CROONAERT

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    Excellent shots Owen! Thanks for posting them.

    As you know, i've a great interest in German cemeteries and so I find these particularly interesting (never having been so far down Italy), as it now adds another (slight) variant in shape of grave marker to my records. (You don't mind if I nick an image do you?:p).

    Did you get to the Soldatenfriedhof at Pomezia by any chance during your travels?

    Next time you go to Italy, see if you can get to what is one of the most spectacularly set military cemeteries that I know of - the 2 World Wars cemetery at Pordoi in the Alps. It's an absolutely beautiful backdrop (and could be a decent twitching spot too!;))

    Dave. (PS. the KgV atlas of war cemeteries ("Am Rande der Strassen") agrees with the 20,058 figure for burials at Cassino)
     
  3. von Poop

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    Is there really any such thing as a 'standard' german grave Marker? They seem to have a wide variety of styles and materials, much more variance than the CWGC ones.
    That large plain cross seems to be a standard thing though.
     
  4. CROONAERT

    CROONAERT Ipsissimus

    Is there really any such thing as a 'standard' german grave Marker? .

    No (though, arguably the answer is "yes - several"). Sometimes 2 or 3 different styles can be encountered in the same cemetery, but usually a single cemetery has a single style.

    22 different patterns (of at least 30 that I know of) can be seen here ... German War graves

    Dave
     
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  5. von Poop

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    Thanks Dave, fascinating page you've put together there.
    I was just thinking of the 2/3 different types at Cannock (maybe the mass Airship ones make it 3/4).

    Cheers,
    Adam.
     
  6. CROONAERT

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    I was just thinking of the 2/3 different types at Cannock (maybe the mass Airship ones make it 3/4)..


    Nah! That'd be cheating.:)

    The mass graves (or Kameradengräber) tend to differ from cemetery to cemetery so that'd add nearly another 200 types for France alone!

    Dave
     
  7. Owen

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    (You don't mind if I nick an image do you?:tongue:).

    No feel free, just mention me on yer website.
     
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  9. CROONAERT

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    Interesting to see the Italiano-deutsch inscription on the unknown soldier's marker!

    Dave
     
  10. von Poop

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    In similar territory, I found an entire section of Loughborough's civic cemetery devoted to Italian WW2 graves (There seems to have been a POW cage in the area).

    Is there an italian version of the CWGC?
    If there is I don't think it's been mentioned on here before.
     
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  14. Paul Reed

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    Great pictures Owen - a few of my own to add to them.

    Figures at the entrance:

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    View from the cemetery:

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