MAPS + Temporary Burial Sites WW2

Discussion in 'General' started by royal dragoon, Oct 7, 2020.

  1. royal dragoon

    royal dragoon Junior Member

    On my previous post, Richard from this site kindly explained to me the WW2 Military Maps GSGS 4416 Sheet M5, and reading the map reference as per normal OS maps.

    The CWGC information and reference given to me, GSGS 4416 Sheet M5 1/100,000. Map Reference 073685, is supposed to relate to what they say is "REDDIGAU CEMETERY GERMANY" am unable to find any indication/symbol on any map to show that there was a burial ground or cemetery at this map reference.

    The above Map reference relates to the temporary burial site of a 1st Royal Dragoon killed 17th April 1945.

    The 1st Royal Dragoons had about 6 men killed in the week around this time, many other units lost many men during this time in the heavy fighting south of Uelzen and Uelzen itself, I believe one of the main enemy oppositions was Panzer Clausewitz?

    Has anyone information or knowledge regards temporary WW2 burial sites prior to the deceased soldier being reinterred in a CWGC.

    Any advice suggestion appreciated.
  2. Richard Lewis

    Richard Lewis Member

    Hello JB,

    From Wikipedia :
    Der Friedhof Reddigau liegt südlich des nördlichen Teiles des Dorfes.
    (The Reddigau cemetery is located south of the northern part of the village.)

    Reddigau Cemetery 1.jpg

    Reddigau Cemetery 2.jpg

    The grid reference was a bit out, but it was referring to a 1:100,000 map which is not so detailed.


    See also: WAR GRAVES original location
  3. royal dragoon

    royal dragoon Junior Member

    Hi Richard
    Thank's again for your time and effort. it's a bit odd about the map reference?
    Theres some mention on the national Archives about a Modified British System used during WW2!
  4. Richard Lewis

    Richard Lewis Member

    see Le principe du système de coordonnées
    This would make your grid reference: Nord de Guerre Zone rY 073685. However most grid references found in such places as War Diaries and Graves Concentration Reports give a 4 or 6 (sometimes 8) figure reference and the maps series and sheet.

    Not really. They were using a small scale map on which there is not much detail. On the large scale (1:25,000) map it shows the reference to be about a kilometre out. They weren’t conducting an artillery shoot so they didn’t have to be very accurate.:D


    p.s. Sorry for late reply - internet problems!

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