Rétaud National Military Cemetery
La nécropole nationale de Rétaud. © ECPAD
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The Rétaud National Military Cemetery is the final resting place for 330 soldiers who gave their lives for France during the battles to liberate the Royan and Oléron pockets. The cemetery was established in April 1945 under the aegis of the Amicale des Anciens des Forces Françaises of southwest France for the purpose of bringing together the bodies of combatants who had fallen during the liberation of pockets near the Gironde estuary. Among the combatants whose bodies had initially been buried in Charente, Deux-Sèvres and Charente-Maritime, the remains of resistance fighters from the FFI, soldiers from Free France, Armée d'Afrique, the American armed forces and the French and Allied air forces now rest in Rétaud.
A memorial at the centre of the cemetery honours the sacrifice of these combatants from all backgrounds. Since 1955, the cemetery includes an urn for ashes from the Buchenwald concentration camp.
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