Lommel German war cemetery

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Lommel German war cemetery
German War Graves Commission
Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge.
Used for those deceased
Established 1946
Location near Lommel
Total burials 39,102
Unknown burials 6,221
Burials by nation
Burials by war

Lommel German war cemetery is located at Kattenbos in the municipality of Lommel, Belgium. It is the largest German military cemetery in Western Europe outside Germany itself. Established after World War II, the 16 ha cemetery holds 39,102 burials, mainly from World War II.

History[edit]

In 1946 and 1947, the American Battle Monuments Commission transferred the remains of fallen German soldiers which were provisionally buried at Henri-Chapelle, Fosse, Overrepen and Neuville-en-Condroz to Lommel. In 1952 to cemetery was transferred to the German War Graves Commission. The casualties from World War II mainly died during the following campaigns:

Besides 38,560 casualties from World War II, 6,221 of whom are unidentified, there are also 542 casualties from World War I buried at the cemetery. These casualties were previously interred in Leopoldsburg.

Sources[edit]

  • Youth Meeting Center Lommel, a group accommodation and education centre for school classes, exchange projects, associations and organisations to the war grave cemetery.

Coordinates: 51°11′20″N 5°18′22″E / 51.18889°N 5.30611°E / 51.18889; 5.30611