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THE CHEMIN DES DAMES CEMETERIES

Today, 14 French military cemeteries are listed in the area of the Chemin des Dames, 10 German (today maintained by the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge), 5 British maintained by the Commonwealth Wargraves Commission, an American cemetery (maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission) as well as an Italian cemetery in Soupir and a Danish one in Braine.

In the area, as well as on the whole western front, since 1919-1920 war graves have been being gathered together.

Isolated graves, but also temporary cemeteries, in particular the one the Germans had laid out during the war to bury combatants of all nationalities, were replaced by specific cemeteries for each nationality. At the same time, French families were granted the possibility to exhume the bodies of their deceased dead for France. This restoration, at French State’s expense, concerned 20% of the French dead buried in the Chemin des Dames.

Only half of the dead of the Chemin des Dames cemeteries could have been identified, more often they were resting into individual graves. The others were interred into ossuaries or into collective graves.

French military necropolis of Cerny-en-Laonnois, Crannelle, Berry-au-Bac, Pontavert de Soupir (I and II) and Vailly-sur-Aisne.

We will complete it as we go along, collecting and checking the information.

 

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