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VENABYGD CHURCHYARD

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Country:
Norway
Identified Casualties:
5
GPS
CO-Ordinates:
Longitude:
10.05215
Latitude:
61.59256

Location Information

The village of Venabygd is approximately 10 km north of the main E6 route from Oslo to Trondheim around 60 km beyond Lillehammer. Follow the E6 to Ringebu and then branch off right on to route 27 signposted to Venabygd and Folldall. On approaching the village the white steeple of the church can be seen on the right.

From the gate to the churchyard follow the pathway to the rear of the church and the graves can be seen on the left hand side approximately 30 m behind the church.

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.

Venabygd Churchyard contains the collective grave of five Commonwealth servicemen.