Bretteville sur Laize


As you drive south from Caen on the RN 158, you pass close to the second Canadian Cemetery in Normandy.
The other being at Beny Reviers south of Juno Beach.
Most of the burials here come from the later stages of the Battle of Normandy, the capture of Caen and the Battle of Falaise.
Of the 2,958 burials here 2,782 are Canadian of whom 87 remain unidentified, together with 80 British, 4 Australian and 1 each from France and New Zealand.
The Australian and New Zealand burials here are RAF crew who perished over the area.
The Battle for Caen and Falaise was initially led by the 4th Canadian and 1st Polish Armoured Divisions.
Virtually every Canadian unit from the Canadian Second Corps has a member interred in this cemetery.

 

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