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Hottot Les Bagues

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  1. Jim

    Jim Active Member

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    1,137 graves: 965 British, 34 Canadian, 3 Australian, 2 New Zealanders, 1 South African, 132 German.

    The soldiers who lie in this cemetery were killed in the action to encircle Caen to the south, notably in clashes near Tilly-sur-Seulles. Most of those buried here came from provisional cemeteries nearby, set up during the battle.

    Along Route Departementale N° 9, the usual front hedge has been replaced by a bank, planted with large Oaks and bushes of Box. The cemetery is laid-out very symmetrically, terracing the sloping ground to three levels. The entrance is aligned with the central alley, the Cross of Sacrifice and at the far end the visitors' hall, the facade of which is open through three arcades and flanked by two pergolas. A split-level in the centre creates two distinct sections with a bank laid to lawn, between them. The Cross, surmounting steps, stands at the centre. In open country, the cemetery is restrained and peaceful, with unrestricted views over surrounding fields and foliage.


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