FORLI CREMATION MEMORIAL
- Country Italy
- Total identified casualties 771 Find these casualties
- Casualties from Second World War
- GPS Coordinates Latitude: 44.23291, Longitude: 12.06031
This Cremation Memorial is situated in Forli Indian War Cemetery which lies in the Commune and Province of Forli. Take the Highway A14, Bologna to Taranto, and come off at Forli. Follow the road into the town of Forli and the Indian War Cemetery can be found on the left hand side, opposite the Communal Cemetery.
The cemetery is permanently open and may be visited anytime.
Wheelchair access to the cemetery is possible via the main 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 site of this cemetery was selected in December 1944 by the 10th Indian Division, which had come into the line in the Adriatic sector south of Cesena at the beginning of October 1944. The division had played an important part in the heavy fighting, in appalling weather, between then and the end of the year, suffering considerable casualties. It had been preceded on the Eighth Army front by the 4th Indian Division which had left to go to Greece, and during the fighting in the spring of 1945, the 8th Indian Division also fought on this front.
FORLI INDIAN ARMY WAR CEMETERY contains 496 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.
Within the cemetery, is the FORLI CREMATION MEMORIAL commemorating nearly 800 Hindu and Sikh officers and men of the Indian Army. This is one of three specific cremation memorials in Italy, the others being in Sangro River War Cemetery and in Rimini Gurkha War Cemetery.