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morrisc8

Here are some photos of ww1 cemeteries used by the Germans and others in ww2

Some German graves were put in a ww1 cemetery [ La Chapelette  ] in ww2, 1940. Photo from my collection.

The last 3 photos are of Rethel cemetery that was used as a French position, [ info on the back of the photo ] there are 3 headstones on the ground. 1940. Photo from ebay.

 Who would look after the cemeteries during the war, The local people?

ww1 ww2 graves.jpg

ww1 ww2 graves german (2018_01_13 18_51_57 UTC).jpg

British grave 1940 1.jpg

British grave 1940 name.jpg

British grave 1940 back of photo.jpg

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Hello,

 

The German Army was officially in charge of the German and other graves of 1940 and later. For the other graves, German or Allied, in principle everything remained as it was, meaning that if a local organization took care of the graves until 1940, they continued to do so. This was of course difficult in case of the British/Commonwealth graves as the IWGC had still plenty of British subjects in their service to care for the graves. They had usually fled or were considered "hostile aliens" or something similar and hence their freedom to move around was seriously diminished. If certain cemeteries were not sufficiently cared for, the German Army (via the Kommandanturen) ordered local authorities (communes) to bring things in order. In general, all cemeteries (also those of "enemies") were to be kept in good maintenance (of course considering the war time restrictions, so damaged headstones etc couldn't be replaced etc).

 

Jan

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21 minutes ago, morrisc8 said:

Here are some photos of ww1 cemeteries used by the Germans and others in ww2

Some German graves were put in a ww1 cemetery [ La Chapelette  ] in ww2, 1940. Photo from my collection.

The last 3 photos are of Rethel cemetery that was used as a French position, [ info on the back of the photo ] there are 3 headstones on the ground. 1940. Photo from ebay.

 Who would look after the cemeteries during the war, The local people?

ww1 ww2 graves.jpg

ww1 ww2 graves german (2018_01_13 18_51_57 UTC).jpg

 

 

 

 

The German graves were concentrated during the war into newly built German war cemeteries. The German graves from la Chapelette were moved to the German war cemetery of Peronne Ste Radegonde ca 1942. Allied initiatives then again concentrated the German WW2 into larger German war cemeteries in the first years after the war. Bourdon was the German war cemetery for some of the Northern France departements.

 

Jan

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morrisc8

A few more ww1 cemeteries in ww2. Photos from my collection.172233504_britishgermankiaww1ww2(2)(2018_01_1318_51_57UTC).jpg.8912703c4671a53382fb621d8d61ad67.jpg

german photo 12a British graveyard ww1 taken in ww2.jpg

British ww1 grave yard in 1940 (2019_01_08 13_19_49 UTC).jpg

ww1 british kia (2) (2018_04_25 09_50_13 UTC).jpg

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