German War Cemetery Saint-Laurent-Blangy

German War Cemetery Saint-Laurent-Blangy

German War Cemetery Saint-Laurent-Blangy
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Stuart_Away_Again
Cambridge, UK851 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Giving star reviews for cemeteries and memorials is a bit odd but here goes. For those visiting the Western Front I would recommend visiting cemeteries of all nations with the mist obvious being the CWGC for British and Commonwealth graves, the French and the Germans. Each has a distinct style and atmosphere and provides a useful reference for the history of the Great War. The cemetery is huge (the largest in France) and walking around the site with its dark crosses and abundant trees gives time to reflect on the sacrifice paid by so many on both sides. If you are able, spare some time for the dead on both sides of the conflict.
Written 11 August 2023
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Chirp2lou
Victoria, Canada74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Our taxi driver stopped here knowing this was something we should see. A large cemetary with simple crosses, each with four names engraved - two front and two back. It is good to remember the sacrifices made by families on both sides of any war.
Written 15 January 2020
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afrobain
Fife, UK161 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Friends
visited this site whilst doing a battlefield tour, the big difference between this one and the british cemeteries is the condition of the site, there were bit off trees and branches all over the place, the graves have normally 4 soldiers to a grave but worth while visiting if in the area
Written 10 April 2019
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KB1285
Jedburgh, UK417 contributions
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Apr 2018 • Couples
there is always 2 sides to a war and i really think its worth a visit this site...completely different feeling to the commonwealth cemeteries which are so well cared for, flowers, visitors and general respect for the loss of life.
The German Cemeteries are nothing like this...the locals care for the cemeteries and graves not Germany which i truthfully couldn't believe when i heard this. We have the commonwealth graves commission which all commonwealth countries support to maintain and respect all those who have fallen...Germany ? nothing.
Thanks to all the local farmers and contractors who tender for this site...young lads like our own who thought they were fighting for a country who care for them....cant see that myself now?!

Saddened that the Germans didn't respect their fallen like the Commonwealth countries did...the commonwealth countries made these sites and buried the German dead out of respect, not the Germans burring their own fallen which really saddened me. Mass graves and very dark feeling about these cemeteries...feels like the loss on their side has been just forgotten and ignored.
Interesting that most visitors aren't German.
Written 8 April 2018
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Lev
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015
It was a sad war and this depicts the other side of the medal as this is the cemetery of the lost party, of course far more sober but worth a visit as well if you travel to all the war cemeteries and monuments. There rest 31,939 solders but most are not in individual graves for the space given to them was restricted.
Written 4 June 2015
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Jessie L
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
For those on the 'trail' around the WW1 memorials it would be easy to miss this.
It is a little off the road but quite near to a cemetery one comes to expect and appreciate in this area. White tombstones, immaculate grass cutting, pretty planting.

This is different. Black crosses, two names on each, laid out between the trees on two levels as far as the eye can see. The sight takes your breath away. Such a forlorn place which leaves you with such sadness. They were young lads just like 'our' lads, fighting for their lives and wanting to get it over and go home.
This is a sight that will stay with me for a long time.
Written 9 May 2015
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John R
Lisserbroek, The Netherlands79 contributions
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Sept 2014 • Couples
In this cemetery are buried nearly fifty thousand German soldiers with four names on each cross. From the visitors register, it seems to be almost forgotten and no flowers or messages on any of the crosses. It was so sad to see so many young men not remembered. If you visit, read the letter (in the visitors book) written by an elderly German man to his grandfather who died in the Great War. I do not speak much german but I could understand the sentiment behind the message - very moving.
Written 26 September 2014
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annonymus800
London, UK1,167 contributions
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Aug 2018 • Solo
The cemetery was established by the French Government in 1919 as a collective facility for German Empire war dead whose battlefield graves and graveyards lay scattered directly to the north, east and south of the Arras region.[2] It is now administered by the German War Graves Commission - Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge (V.D.K.).

It is the largest German cemetery in France, containing 44,833 burials, of which 8,040 were never identified.
Written 22 May 2019
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Jacqueline E
Collingwood, Canada76 contributions
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Jul 2017 • Couples
This cemetery is well worth visiting as it is so different from the many war cemeteries of the allied forces. Instead of cream coloured stones or crosses the crosses in this cemetery are all black. There is an overwhelming sense of horror when you look to the horizon and see that the crosses go on and on as far as the eye can see.
Written 6 August 2017
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Janet T
Banbury, UK83 contributions
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Apr 2016 • Family
If we hadn't been shown this grave site by a local we'd never have known it was there. There is no large associated building. Just a couple of red brick blocks. The graves are shielded from the road by an earth bank. The crosses are dark and blend in with the grass and trees. There are four bodies buried by each cross. The Jewish soldiers have their own headstone with the Star of David engraved on it. These are dispersed amongst the metal crosses. It was a thought provoking visit....should the graves be here? Should they be marked? Should they be removed/ repatriated to Germany? We had animated discussions over our picnic. Basically we decided they were all someone's son/ brother/ uncle/nephew....and did they really know what they were doing there/ fighting for?.....just like the Allies, they were young men doing what they were told...... So sad.
Written 11 April 2016
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