Beny-sur-Mer CWGC Cemetery

Reviers, Calvados, France

The Canadian 3rd Division landed at Juno Beach on 6th June 1944 and then fought their way inland. The first objective was Caen, but this was not achieved as the Canadians encountered German battle groups from the 716th Division and 21st Panzer Division, and later the 12th SS 'Hitlerjugend' Division. Heavy casualties were suffered in the fighting inland from Juno.

The men who fell on the beaches and in the bitter bridgehead battles are buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery which despite its name, is near the village of Reviers. The cemetery contains 2,049 headstones most of whom are Canadian including nine pairs of brothers, which is a record for a Second World War CWCG cemetery. There are also the graves of 15 airmen here and one French man.

The mayor and people of Reviers take a special interest in the cemetery for, although it bears another name, they feel it to be their own. Fine hedges and maple trees decorate the entrance.

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