The Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer National Cemetery
La nécropole nationale du Rayol – Canadel-sur-Mer. © ECPAD
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The Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer National Cemetery is located in the commune of Saint-Mandrier. It contains the remains of nine members of the Chief Warrant Officer Texier’s African Commandos who died alongside their leader, climbing the cliffs of Cap Nègre on 15 August 1944.
Established in July 1943 in Dupleix (Algeria), the Group of Commandos was made up of volunteers from North Africa who had escaped from France or Spain and infantrymen frmo Algeria and Morocco. Before dawn, this unit arrived before Allied waves of assault and would be the first unit to land on French soil. During the early hours of Operation Dragoon, this commando, whose mission was to support the Allied progress, suffered heavy losses in Cap Nègre.
This cemetery covers an area of 220m², making it the smallest of the French national cemeteries.
Five of the nine graves are In Memoriam, meaning they preserve the memory of five soldiers who died for France, whose bodies have been returned to their families. Upon the request of General Bouvet, the head of African Commandos and Mr. Gola, the Mayor of Rayol-Canadel, this cemetery has been preserved by the Ministerial Decision of 22 July 1950.
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