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Forever in Normandy
The first temporary cemeteries were created near the landing beaches. To indicate the presence of a body underneath, a simple cross of wooden planks or a stake topped by a helmet were enough. Today, more than 100,000 men of thirteen different nationalities lie forever in Normandy. They died on the beaches, but also in the 3 months that followed, during the Battle of Normandy. As early as on 7 June 1944, a first cemetery was built on Omaha Beach, right below the cliffs between Vierville-sur-Mer and Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, in the ‘Dog White’ landing sector.
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