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Cologne War Cemetery


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Cologne - Südfriedhof

Cologne - Südfriedhof
Cologne is the fourth-largest city in Germany - and one of the oldest. A Germanic tribe, the Ubii, had a settlement here, this was named by the Romans "Oppidum Ubiorum". In 50 AD, the Romans founded "Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium", the city then became the provincial capital of "Germania Inferior".

The "Southern Cemetery" is the largest cemetery in Cologne. The cemetery, laid out as a parkland, was opened in 1901. About 40.000 civilian victims of the WWII bombings of Cologne are buried here. The quiet area includes two large war cemeteries.

The "Cologne War Cemetery" is cared for by the "Commonwealth War Graves Commission". More than 1000 Allied prisoners were buried here during WWI. Commonwealth forces entered Cologne in December 1918 and the city was occupied unto 1926. In 1922 it was decided that the graves of Commonwealth servicemen who had died all over Germany should be brought together into four cemeteries. This is one of the the four. More then 1600 graves were moved to Cologne at that time.

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