Reichswald CWGC Cemetery

Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery was created after end of the Second World War. Burials were brought in from all over western Germany and it is the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the country. It is notable that America decided not to have any of its service people buried on German soil.

This is a large cemetery with big areas of grass, suggesting that it was expected that more burials were expected to be concentrated here. There are two distinct areas; to the right on entry to the cemetery are those members of the land forces that died in the advance through Reichswald Forest or in crossing the Rhine. To the left are mainly airmen who lost their lives in supporting the advance into Germany, or who died earlier in the war in the intensive air attacks over Germany. Their graves were brought in from cemeteries and isolated sites in the surrounding area.

There are now 7,594 Commonwealth servicemen buried or commemorated in the cemetery, of these 176 of the burials are unidentified. There are also 78 war graves of other nationalities, most of them Polish.

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