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They died on Omaha Beach
On the evening of 6 June 1944, the confusion was extreme. On Omaha Beach, all along its 3,7 miles (6 km), the sand was strewn with hundreds of G.I.s’ bodies, not to mention those missing at sea that would never be found. Later, the American army estimated the number of dead and missing at around 1,500. A first provisional cemetery was created at the foot of the cliff on 7 June, where 775 Americans and 200 Germans were buried. From 10 June, a new temporary cemetery was set up on the site of the present cemetery. The bodies from the first cemetery were transferred there, and by 26 June, the Colleville-sur-Mer Cemetery already contained 1,510 Americans, 48 Allied soldiers, and 606 Germans.
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