The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944.
There was little actual fighting in Bayeux although it was the first French town of importance to be liberated. Bayeux War Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth cemetery of the Second World War in France and contains burials brought in from the surrounding districts and from hospitals that were located nearby.
BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, which was completed in 1952, contains 4,144 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 338 of them unidentified. There are also over 500 war graves of other nationalities, the majority German.
The BAYEUX MEMORIAL stands opposite the cemetery and bears the names of more than 1,800 men of the Commonwealth land forces who died in the early stages of the campaign and have no known grave. They died during the landings in Normandy, during the intense fighting in Normandy itself, and during the advance to the River Seine in August.
The Bayeux War Cemetery is the largest Second World War cemetery of Commonwealth soldiers in France.
Duration of the visit: As long as you wish
Parking directly outside the Memorial is very limited. When approaching the Memorial with the nearby D-Day Museum on your right, take the last exit at the roundabout just before Bayeux War Cemetery into 'Chemin des Marettes', where space is usually available to park.
Wheelchair access is possible via the main entrance and from an additional entrance from the street to the left of the cemetery.
No toilets available in cemetry or memorial.
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