Bretteville-sur-Laize War Cemetery

Cintheaux, France

Bretteville-sur-Laize was created as a permanent resting place for Canadian soldiers who had been temporarily buried in smaller plots close to where they fell. At the time of the cemetery's creation, France granted Canada a perpetual concession to the land occupied by the cemetery. The graves contain 2793 soldiers from the 2nd Canadian Corps, 91 of them unknown, and 79 RCAF airmen killed in the Battle of Normandy.

A large number of dead in the cemetery were killed late July 1944 around Saint-André-sur-Orne and in the battle for the Falaise Pocket in August 1944. Canadians killed earlier (June and early July) in the Battle of Normandy are buried near Juno Beach in the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery.



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N158, Cintheaux, France
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Founded: 1944
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in France

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Chris (14 months ago)
My wife and I were visiting Normandy in September to appreciate the area which we have travelled through for many years on out way south. We had visited the Pegasus Bridge Memorial on the morning of the 20th September and on our way back to Falaise I noticed this Memorial which we had passed many times on our previous travels. We decided to stop off to pay our respects. It was truly a humbling experience to see how many young men had laid down their lives to defend the freedom of the "civilised" world. When will society ever learn? God rest their souls.
Anton T. (20 months ago)
Michael Wittmann starb nur wenige Meter entfernd von hier am 8.8.1944. This village is known as the site of the death of the famous German tank commander Michael Wittmann on August 8, 1944, when his Tiger tank (number 007) was destroyed during an ambush. The crew of the destroyed tank was buried in an unmarked grave. In 1983, the German War Graves Commission located the burial site. Wittmann and his crew were reinterred together at the La Cambe German war cemetery, plot 47—row 3—grave 120, in France (about 70 km west).
John Monteith (2 years ago)
My Uncle, Sgt Robert Mc Callum is buried here. His regiment Black Watch, Royal Highland Regiment of Canada were involved in an attack on Villiers ridge. Almost all were killed and many wounded. Most of the killed are here with Uncle Bob. We visit often from the U.K. the last time was to place his wife’s ashes who he married early in the 2nd W.W. They are now reunited in Uncle Bobs grave thanks to the local French authorities and the C.W.G.C..
JP Cavanaugh (3 years ago)
I Visited here in 2007 and recently read a book that mentioned Bretteville-sur-Laize - sent me looking back at the photos I'd taken - Such a sacrifice made by the young men buried there - We Will Remember
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