Salerno War Cemetery

Pagliarone, Italy

On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland, the invasion coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side. Allied objectives were to draw German troops from the Russian front and more particularly from France, where an offensive was planned for the following year.

Commonwealth and American forces landed near Salerno on 8-9 September 1943 and there was fierce fighting for some days in the bridgehead that they established. The site for the cemetery was chosen in November 1943 and it contains many burials resulting from the landings and the fighting that followed, but graves were also brought in later from a wide area of south-western Italy. The 59th General Hospital was in the vicinity of Salerno at the end of 1943 and early in 1944.

Salerno War Cemetery contains 1,851 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, which includes 109 that are unidentified. In addition there are two non-war graves and the grave of a Russian soldier. One casualty of the First World War is also commemorated in the cemetery by special memorial, his grave in a local cemetery having been lost. The cemetery was designed by Louis de Soissons.



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Founded: 1943
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in Italy

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Owen Yexley (4 years ago)
Very well maintained. A very sad memorial to many brave young men, but nice to see the respectful way that the cemetery is kept. It is on a main road and there is no parking. Use the road by the side but be careful, it is used by large lorries.
Thomas Fischer (5 years ago)
May these soldiers rest in peace. Many died fighting to save the world. They never got to know the outcome but their deaths were not in vain. May the Lord bless their souls .
Dave Diver (6 years ago)
Brilliant experience
SAP 1409 (6 years ago)
We should never forget. The rhetoric of some of our 'so called ' leaders today, should heed history.
NOVI0974 (7 years ago)
September 1943 Salerno was another world , far from what it is today. God Bless the soldiers who gave their lives at the will of politicians .
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