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Fontenay-le-Pesnel

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    520 graves: 457 British, 4 Canadian, 59 German

    In the cemetery at Fontenay-le-Pesnel are buried the soldiers involved in clashes west of Caen in June and July 1944, notably those who took part in Operation Epsom on 26th June. The units involved were mainly drawn from: Hallamshire, East Lancashire, Royal Warwickshire and the Durham Light Infantry Regiments.

    Arriving on the Route Departementale 139 facing the road to the cemetery, stands a Memorial. This monument in limestone is surmounted by a cross; on it are engraved transversally the arms of the British Regiments whose men lie at Fontenay-le-Pesnel.

    The cemetery is in the middle of a field on the edge of a little wood, some 300 metres from the Memorial. First in view are the white roofs of the visitors' halls and the Cross of Sacrifice emerging from the fields. The arrangement within is unusual; the graves in three sections on the left are set out in the form of a fan.

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