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BIRI CEMETERY

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Country:
Norway
Identified Casualties:
5
GPS
CO-Ordinates:
Longitude:
10.59078
Latitude:
60.959

Location Information

The village of Biri lies a short distance off the main E6 route from Oslo to Trondheim approximately 15 km of Lillehammer. Approaching from the south the slip road from the E6 sign posted to Biri is encountered shortly after crossing the bridge over the Mjosa Fjord. Follow the signs for the village on the unclassified road and turn left at the sign for Biri Kirke (church). The cemetery is 1 km along on the left hand side, on the opposite side of the road from the church. From the car park enter the cemetery by the first of the two gates, on the left side. The five headstones can be seen at a distance of 50 metres.

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.

Biri Cemetery contains the collective grave of five men of the 8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters.