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BASSU COMMUNAL CEMETERY

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Country:
France
Locality:
Marne
Identified Casualties:
4
GPS
CO-Ordinates:
Longitude:
4.69645
Latitude:
48.83246

Location Information

Bassu is a village and commune 28 kilometres south-east of Chalons-sur-Marne and 16 kilometres north-east of Vitry-le-Francois.
The cemetery is located about 150 yards down a local road leading off the road from Vitry-le-Francois where it passes through the village. The Commonwealth graves are in the north-west corner of the cemetery.

Historical Information

When Germany invaded France early in May 1940, the British Expeditionary Force had already been established there for some time. Between their dramatic evacuation a few weeks later and the Normandy landings of June 1944, Commonwealth forces activity in France was limited to coastal raids and special operations. Most of the Second World War Commonwealth cemeteries and memorials are situated in the coastal areas of northern France, but graves will also be found in communal cemeteries and churchyards all over the country, many being those of Commonwealth airmen who failed to return from missions over northern Europe.

Bassu Communal Cemetery contains the graves of four Commonwealth airmen of the Second World War.