Neuville-St Vaast German war cemetery

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Neuville-St Vaast German War Cemetery
German War Graves Commission
(Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge)
Neuville-St Vaast War Cemetery.jpg
The sea of crosses at Neuville-St. Vaast
Used for those deceased 1914-1918
Established 1919
Location 50°20′32″N 2°45′15″E / 50.34222°N 2.75417°E / 50.34222; 2.75417Coordinates: 50°20′32″N 2°45′15″E / 50.34222°N 2.75417°E / 50.34222; 2.75417
near Neuville-Saint-Vaast, near Arras, France
Total burials 44,833
Burials by nation
Burials by war

The Neuville-St Vaast German War Cemetery is a World War I cemetery located in Neuville-Saint-Vaast, a small village, near Arras, Pas-de-Calais, in northern France. It is the largest German cemetery in France, containing 44,833 burials.

Appearance[edit]

The cemetery was established by the French in 1919 as a concentration cemetery for German war casualties from the regions north and east of Arras.[1] It is now administered by the German War Graves Commission, (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge).

There is no central building, just a field of crosses, with soldiers buried four to a grave. There are, too, 129 headstones for Jewish soldiers who fell fighting for Imperial Germany.[2] A memorial stone for a Hanoverian regiment was transferred to the cemetery.[3]

Casualties[edit]

The bulk of the fatalities occurred during the Battles of Artois in Autumn 1914, Spring 1915 and Autumn 1915; and the Battles of Arras in Autumn 1914, Spring 1917 and Spring 1918.

Other war cemeteries around Neuville-Saint-Vaast[edit]

In the region of Nord-Pas de Calais there are more than 700 war cemeteries of all participating nations in the world war.[4] Around Neuville-Saint-Vaast these are:[5]

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