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BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY

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Casualty Record Detail
Casualty Record Detail
Casualty Record Detail
Casualty Record Detail
BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY Print this image


Country:
Germany
Locality:
Niedersachsen
Identified Casualties:
2278

Location Information

The small village of Becklingen lies in the north of Germany approx 85kms north of Hannover.

From the A7 motorway Hannover to Hamburg take exit 45 (Ausfahrt 45) SOLTAU-SUD / BERGEN / WIETZENDORF and follow the B3 direction BERGEN.
Continue along the B3 for approx 7kms and the cemetery can be found on the right.

The cemetery address is:-
B3 / Becklingen
29614 Soltau
Germany

GPS Location is:-
N 52 53 25
E 09 55 00

Visiting Information

Wheelchair access to the site is possible, but may be by an alternative entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200

Historical Information

The site of Becklingen War Cemetery was chosen for its position on a hillside overlooking Luneburg Heath. Luneburg Heath was where, on 4 May 1945, Field-Marshal Montgomery accepted the German surrender from Admiral Doenitz.

Burials were brought into the cemetery from isolated sites in the countryside, small German cemeteries and prisoner of war camps cemeteries, including the Fallingbostel cemetery, within a radius of about 80 kilometres. Most of those buried in the cemetery died during the last two months of the war.

Becklingen War Cemetery contains 2,374 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 97 of them unidentified. There are also 27 war graves of other nationalities, many of them Polish.