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Brittany, France

Created: 2019/04/19 09:55 AM         Last Updated: 2019/07/19 09:55 AM

Attraction Details Attraction Name:Brittany, France

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The Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial in France covers 28 acres of rolling farm country near the eastern edge of Brittany and contains the remains of 4,410 of our war dead, most of whom lost their lives in the Normandy and Brittany campaigns of 1944. Along the retaining wall of the memorial terrace are inscribed the names of 498 of the missing. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified. The gray granite memorial, containing the chapel as well as two large operations maps with narratives and flags of our military services, overlooks the burial area. Stained glass and sculpture embellish the structure. The lookout platform of the tower, reached by 98 steps, affords a view of the stately pattern of the headstones, as well as of the peaceful surrounding countryside stretching northward to the sea and Mont St. Michel. The cemetery is located on the site of the temporary American St. James Cemetery, established on August 4, 1944 by the U.S. Third Army. It marks the point where the American forces made their breakthrough from the hedgerow country of Normandy into the plains of Brittany during the offensive around Avranches.

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Brittany American Cemetery lies 1* miles southeast of the village of St. James (Manche), France, 12 miles south of Avranches and 14 miles north of Foug*res. It may be reached by automobile from Paris via toll highway A-11 to Laval, then D-31 to Ern*e, N-12 to Foug*res, and D-798 to St. James, a total distance of 220 miles. The cemetery is reached by rail, bus and taxi. From Paris, Montparnasse station, via the high speed train (TGV) to Laval, where travelers change to the SNCF bus to Foug*res and from there to St. James by taxi. Travel time, including a layover, is about five hours. There are hotels at St. James, Avranches, Pontorson and Mont St. Michel.