Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: German Military Cemetery - Cannock Chase

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Sheffield
    Posts
    624

    Default German Military Cemetery - Cannock Chase

    Located on Cannock Chase, near Broashurst Green is the German Military Cemetary, containing around 5000 graves.

    The German Govenment first proposed the idea in 1958 and was opened in 1962 and at the same time, the land was gifted to the German Government. The site is administered by the CWGC on behalf of the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgraberfürsorge (German War Graves Commission). Since 1962, German youth working parties make regular visits to tend the Cemetery and it is very well kept.

    the site is divided into distinct areas - WW1 and WW2. There are four 'mass graves' for four Zeppelins and they buried together as a crew. Likewise, in the WW2 plot, Luftwaffe bomber crews are also buried 'as a crew' as opposed to individual graves. There are not only Germans inyerred but also Austrians and a small plot for Ukranians.

    It's a thought provoking place but peaceful and well worth a visit.

    Here are a few shots from Wednesday's visit. I'll post some more when I have recharged the camera battery (didn't transfer them to the hard drive!)

    Main Entrance


    The Entrance vestibule, deliberately stark with a sculpture of an anonymous injured serviceman


    The Zeppelin Memorial


    One of the Zeppelin crew graves, in this case L.32


    Part of the First World War plot


    Overview of part of the Second World War area


    More to follow soon.

    Chris

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Sheffield
    Posts
    624

    Default Re: German Military Cemetery - Cannock Chase (pt 2)

    Another small selection from the German Military Cemetery at Broadhurst Green.

    As with all of the memorials here, they are bi-lingual. This one explains the number inhumations. If you look closely, the totals have changed,


    The huge "Cross of Sacrifice" in the centre of the cemetery


    Memorial tone commemorating friendship between Staffordshire and Bremen


    Part of the World War 2 plot, including aircrew


    At least one of the rows commemorates Ukranian servicemen


    Rather strangely, these grave markers are recumbent. They are all bomber crews, buried together in a single plot for each crew. The dates are heaviest for the early War years but span the entire conflict


    Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the end of WW2, this small imaginative memorial is difficult to photograph! Being clear, off went the autofocus and it was back to manual, with the result seen here. I do have a few good ones of the tree behind it. It certainly is an interesting plaque and worth looking out for.


    Chris

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •