FORLI WAR CEMETERY
FORLI WAR CEMETERY
- Identified Casualties:
The cemetery is in Vecchiazzano, a small village very close to Forli.
Take the autostrada A14 and exit at Forli. Follow the road signs for the hospital (ospedale) and to the first aid center (pronto soccorso). At the last roundabout after via Forlanini before the first aid center turn left and the cemetery will be on your right after 50m.
If travelling by train, the nearest station is Forli, from which a taxi can be taken. Visitors can also use public transport, the number 2 bus can be taken from the station to the Vecchiazzano hospital which is a 300 metre walk from the cemetery.
Cemetery address: via Caduti delle Forze Alleate, 47121 Forli.
GPS Co-ordinates: Latitude: 44.205164, Longitude: 12.014418.
The cemetery is permanently open and may be visited anytime.
Wheelchair access to the cemetery is possible via an alternative entrance. For further information and enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland, the invasion coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side.
Following the fall of Rome to the Allies in June 1944, the German retreat became ordered and successive stands were made on a series of defensive lines. In the northern Appenine mountains the last of these, the Gothic Line, was breached by the Allies during the Autumn campaign and the front inched forward as far as Ravenna in the Adratic sector, but with divisions transferred to support the new offensive in France, and the Germans dug in to a number of key defensive positions, the advance stalled as winter set in.
The cemetery site was selected soon after the Eighth Army took Forli in November 1944 and graves were brought into it from the surrounding battlefields. Many of those buried there lost their lives in the heavy fighting between Rimini and Ravenna which took place in appalling weather in October-December 1944.
Forli War Cemetery contains 738 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 4 of which are unidentifed.