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Ranville War Cemetery

Rue Comte Louis de Rohan-Chebou, Ranville, France
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Ranked #3 of 3 Attractions in Ranville
Type: Cemeteries
Traveler Description: The Ranville War Cemetery is located in Normandy , France and holds the remains of 2,235 British Commonwealth World War II solders,  322 German... more »
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Reading, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

The Ranville War Cemetery is set in a small village, and is next to the church. It is a beautiful place and there are over a thousand soldiers buried here. It is a sobering feeling when you see how young the men were who died and how many died, be it by parachute or glider. Also among the named are... More

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Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

If you are into WW2 its a must visit. Den Brotheridge's grave is in the actual church yard, not the main cemetery. I always like to pay my respects when I see a CWGC cemetery.

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

A different feel to the larger British cemetery at Bayeux and US cemetery at Omaha, more peaceful and tranquil. So so emotional and sad, but feels like a fitting tribute to those that rest here.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We visited this cemetery on the 6th June to celebrate the 70th anniversary truly moving occasion it's kept in very good order and congratulation to the war graves commision for that

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Paignton, United Kingdom
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112 reviews 112 reviews
34 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

If you have visited the Pegasus Airborne Memorial Museum and the Merville gun battery then a visit to the cemetery at Ranville is well worth it to remember those that did not survive the momentous events to secure the British and Canadian flank of the Normandy invasion beaches. The cemetery is well-cared for and tranquil. There is a stone cross... More

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Located a short drive from Pegasus Bridge is the British Cemetery where those killed during the capture of the bridge and in battles that followed now rest in peace. As expected with all CWC sites, its impeccably kept and very peaceful in a quiet part of the village. If you visit the Bridge, you need to come here to see... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Ranville was our last destination before heading north to the crossing. This is a very peaceful setting , with just the birds singing in the background. The grounds are well looked after, and immaculate. The head stones on the British war graves, give us more information about the lad’s that lay here. The youngest 16 yrs old, and one within... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We have been reading about the people and the plans involved which makes every site more real and personal. Thank you to Major and Mrs Holt for your book. Ranville was the first town to be liberated. The cemetery started with a few graves tended by a 9 year old boy. Beautifully tended and a bust of Gale outside the... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Visiting the Ranville Cemetery was certainly a very humbling experience. Just to go and see the amount of men laid to rest there and how young some of them were. Clearly well looked after and maintained, certainly worth spending some time there to reflect.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Im just writing to say that my Father and I have recently visited this cemetery. My father was 7 when D-DAY happened and is now in his late 70's but it just shows that we are both fortunate to reach our respective ages unlike these brave men. We, who respect that you gave the ultimate sacrifice will never forget what... More

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