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BERGEN (MOLLENDAL) CHURCH CEMETERY

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Country:
Norway
Identified Casualties:
45

Location Information

Bergen is a large seaport in south-west Norway, about 500 kilometres by rail from Oslo.

The cemetery is located approximately 2.5 kilometres from the harbour. To locate the cemetery from the harbour, take the signs to Kong Oscar's Gate, follow RV585 along Kalfarveien and Kalvedalsveien. Turn right immediately before the tunnel to Mollendalsbakken. The main entrance to the cemetery will be found 50 metres on the left along this road. Through the gate, follow the left hand path uphill and to the right and along by the railings. The Commonwealth war graves are off to the left in Plot N.

Historical Information

During the Second World War, Norway was of strategic importance to the Germans. Their invasion on 9 April 1940 was sudden and widespread and despite Allied intervention, the entire country was under German occupation by early June. Thereafter, Allied activity in Norway was confined to raids and special operations, with the Commonwealth air forces providing support to Norwegian resistance groups until the German capitulation in May 1945. There are no Commonwealth war cemeteries in Norway, those who died there being buried in civil cemeteries and churchyards.

Bergen (Mollendal) Church Cemetery contains a war graves plot of 46 Commonwealth burials, one of them unidentified. The majority of the graves are of airmen who were killed in and around Bergen. The plot also contains three non-war graves.