Rethem

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Rethem
Coat of arms of Rethem
Coat of arms
Rethem   is located in Germany
Rethem
Rethem
Coordinates: 52°47′5″N 9°22′41″E / 52.78472°N 9.37806°E / 52.78472; 9.37806Coordinates: 52°47′5″N 9°22′41″E / 52.78472°N 9.37806°E / 52.78472; 9.37806
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Heidekreis
Municipal assoc. Rethem/Aller
Government
 • Mayor Karl-Dieter Oestmann (CDU)
Area
 • Total 33.76 km2 (13.03 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 2,371
 • Density 70/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 27336
Dialling codes 05165
Vehicle registration SFA
Website www.rethem.de

Rethem (German pronunciation: [ˈʁeːtəm]) is a town in the Heidekreis in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated on the river Aller, approx. 25 km southwest of Bad Fallingbostel, and 18 km southeast of Verden. The town was the scene of heavy fighting over the period 10–11 April 1945 between units of the British 53rd Welsh Division and parts of the German 2. Marine-Infanterie-Division with heavy losses on both sides. Most of the German soldiers were not older than 23 years.

Rethem is the seat of the Samtgemeinde ("collective municipality") Rethem/Aller.

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