German War Cemetery Vossenack/Eifel
Hurtgenwald-Erinnerung und Begegnung Ehrenfriedhof Vossenack
At the end of World War II, the Huertgen Forest presented a scene of sheer horror: vacated and destroyed towns, devastated fields and pastures, a shell shattered and contaminated forest of charred and splintered tree trunks, broken pencils like, pointing skyward. The forest radiated in a ghastly manner-even long after the war-an image of “Burnt Earth”. Following the request of the next of kin, the remains of most American soldiers were repatriated to U.S. soil for interment in a National or private cemetery. Those who were not, received a permanent grave at ‘American Military
The Vossenack Cemetery was constructed on a strategic site, Hill 470, by the “German War Graves Commission” (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgraberfursorge e. V.) during the years 1949 to 1952. Today the cemetery contains the graves of 2,347 war Dead. Among those are 35 men who lost their lives during post-war operations as members of a “Ammunition Search and Removal Team”
Since 21 May 2005 a monument at the entrance to the cemetery commemorates Julius Erasmus, a German Engineer Captain who-mostly under risking his life-recovered 1,569 sets of remains of his former comrades from the Huertgen Forest battlefields an personally buried them on his hill.
Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgraberfursorge Landesgeschaftsstelle NRW Alfred Strasse 213, 45131 Essen Kreis Duren Der Landrat
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. German War Cemetery Hurtgen/Eifel (approx. 3.4 kilometers away).
More about this marker. https://wargamecenter.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/visiting-battlefields-the-huertgen-forest-and-the-siegfried-line/
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