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Ranville War Cemetery
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D-Day Tour Including Guided Visit of the Mémorial de Caen Museum, Lunch and...
Ranked #3 of 3 things to do in Ranville
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Thornton, Colorado
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“They haven't been forgotten.”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

A visit to Normandy needs to include Pegasus Bridge and the cemetery at Ranville. Be sure you go into the church yard where the graves of the soldiers who died, June 5-6, 1944 are located. The graves in the British cemetery are beautifully maintained by the War Commission. The beauty of the gardens show respect and provide a place "that is forever England." Still, I was deeply touched by those graves, British, French, and German, who were buried in a separate section of the regular cemetery. All these years, they have been part of the town.

Visited May 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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815 reviews
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“Beautiful and moving”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

The Ranville War Cemetery is located in the middle of the small town of Ranville, France and is the final resting place for over 2,200 British soldiers and about 320 German soldiers. The cemetery is kept in immaculate condition by The Commonwealth War Graves Commission. You cannot fail to be moved by reading the headstones and realizing how young the soldiers are who fought and died in this area. The German soldiers are buried in a separate section of the cemetery and are identified with British shaped headstones (which are much different than the German headstones at other WWII German War cemeteries).

The majority are of the graves are in the War Cemetery but there are about 30-50 graves on the edge of the adjacent civilian cemetery. One of these graves is of Lt. Brotheridge who was killed on Pegasus Bridge in the first minutes of the attack (one of the first soldiers killed on D-Day). His brave and sad story was told in Stephan Ambrose’s book Pegasus Bridge. His grave had the most flowers and memorials than any other in the cemetery.

If you are in the area I recommend that you visit this beautiful, well maintained cemetery.

Visited September 2012
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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“As always”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Immaculately kept to honour our war dead. Always leave your feelings in the Visitors Book. Don't miss the war graves in the civil cemetery adjacent to the CWGC cemetery.

Visited September 2012
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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“Uncle's Grave”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

This is the first time that I managed to get to see my uncle's grave at Ranville War Cemetery, I was very impressed with the way the war graves are kept by the French people.

Visited August 2012
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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“Ranville War Cemetery”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Came across the cemetery by accident when visiting places my uncle had been to in WW2. Lots of scots buried (Gordons and Seaforths).

Visited September 2012
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