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Huisnes Sur Mer Ossuary
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

One of many often overlooked WWII memorials. Even after seeing several American Military Cemetaries thoughout Europe, this site was very astonishing. Nearly 12,000 German military personnel interred in a very small but dignified memorial. A muste see if you are in the Mont St Michel area (only 1 mile off the route).

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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Obviously, a lot of German young people died too in World War 2.
This ossuary has almost 12,000 German soldiers.
Well kept and worth a visit for those interested in history.

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

I've been round the war cemeteries of North-Eastern France an Belgium many times, with their pristine white gravestones or crosses for the Allies and the black crosses for the Germans. This, at first sight, is very different, but the underlying purpose is the same. If you walk through to the rear, what this Ossuary also offers in contrast is a beautiful view showing the achievements in harmony of man and nature across the bay to St Malo.

It's on two levels, each containing rows and columns of - for want of a better word - graves, resembling the drawers in the NCIS autopsy room. Those (presumably mainly, but I don't think exclusively, German) dead who lie there may have been true-believing Nazis, they may ot have been - whatever they were, life should have provided them with more than a few years, the terror of war. Many were garlanded with wreaths - so at least someone remembers them.

As with the war graves of Thiepval and the rest, It's a place to reflect on the sheer stupidity of those - politicians, terrorists, religious maniacs, power-hungry demagogues and egotists - who lead nations and peoples into war.

The Ossuary - this place of bones - is deep grey and initially seems grim. By the time I left I was aware in the silence of difference between the darkness of war and the light beauty of nature. Aware that those whose bodies remain there didn't want or deserve to have perished any more than those who arrived on the D-Day beaches to confront them and also died. Aware that part of every British child's education should be a visit to war graves of those fighting on all sides from either or both of the two World Wars.

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