Anzio War Cemetery
The Commonwealth Anzio War Cemetery is to be found about a kilometer from Anzio town in Italy. It is located 70 kilometers south of Rome. It should not be confused with the Beach Head Cemetery which is for Americans.
Anzio War Cemetery is a special and communal cemetery for the local and surrounding peoples. It is well kept and contains 1056 graves resulting from Operation Shingle. Having seen the make up of the 1st Canadian Division which was sent there in 1944 it is clear from the graves that those who rest there were from the units of the 1st Division. The Anzio War Cemetery contains 1,056 Commonwealth burials from World War II. There were 1037 identified casualties.
There was a poem written about the Anzio War Cemetery that was written by Michael Elliott-Binns. It is written from the perspective of a man that had experienced a loss in the battle and that was writing for his own personal reasons. The author later commented that "They [the fallen soldiers] seem to be buried on the doorstep of their home."
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