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GRANEZZA BRITISH CEMETERY

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Country:
Italy
Identified Casualties:
139

Location Information

One of 5 cemeteries situated on the Asiago Plateau, in the province of Vicenza in the Veneto region. Granezza British Cemetery is 9 kilometres south of the town of Asiago in the commune of Lusiana.

From Asiago take the SP72 in the direction of Bassano, following the signs to the hospital. 0.7 kilometres after the hospital take a right turn, signposted to Barenthal, Granezza and Cavalletto cemeteries. After 300 metres, take the first left turn then a right turn after 100 metres. Barenthal Military Cemetery is on the left, after a distance of 1.8 kilometres. Continue for a further 700 metres and take the left fork in the road. After 2.5 kilometres there is a sign for Granezza British Cemetery which is on the left, accessed by a short narrow footpath.

Cemetery address: Lusiana VI.

GPS Co-ordinates: N 45.808267, E 11.531417.

Visiting Information

The cemetery is permanently open. Please note that from November through to May it is rarely accessible due to deep snow falls.

Wheelchair access is possible via the main entrance. For further information and enquiries please contact enquiries@cwgc.org

Historical Information

The Italians entered the war on the Allied side, declaring war on Austria, in May 1915. Commonwealth forces were at the Italian front between November 1917 and November 1918.

In March 1918, XIV Corps (the 7th, 23rd and 48th Divisions) relieved Italian troops on the front line between Asiago and Canove, the front being held by two divisions with one division in reserve on the plain. The French held the line to the left, with the Italians to the right.

The front was comparatively quiet until the Austrians attacked in force from Grappa to Canove in the Battle of Asiago (15-16 June 1918). The Allied line was penetrated to a depth of about 1,000 metres on 15 June but the lost ground was retaken the next day and the line re-established. Between June and September, frequent successful raids were made on the Austrian trenches.

In October, the 7th and 23rd Divisions were sent to the Treviso area of the River Piave front. The 48th Division, which remained in the mountains as part of the Italian Sixth Army, played an important part in the Battle of Vittorio Veneto (24 October-4 November 1918) in which the Austrians were finally defeated.

Granezza British Cemetery is one of five Commonwealth cemeteries on the Asiago Plateau containing burials relating to this period. It contains 142 First World War burials.