Sangro Cemetery:
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Location Information:
The Sangro River War Cemetery lies in the Contrada Sentinelle in the Commune of Torino di Sangro, Province of Chieti. Take the autostrada A14 (the road that runs from Taranto in the south to Ancona in the north) and exit at Val di Sangro. After approximately 2.5 kilometres from the exit turn right onto the SS16, Pescara to Vasto road, for nearly 2 kilometres. There is then a sharp right turn up to cemetery.
Historical Information:
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. Allied objectiveswere to draw German troops from the Russian front and more particularly from France, where anoffensive was planned for the following year. Progress through southern Italy was rapid despitestiff resistance, but by the end of October, the Allies were facing the German winter defensiveposition known as the Gustav Line, which stretched from the river Garigliano in the west to theSangro in the east. By 4 November, the Allied force that had fought its way up the Adriatic coastwas preparing to attack the Sangro river positions. A bridgehead had been established by the 24th and by nightfall on the 30th, the whole ridge overlooking the river was in Allied hands. Thesite of this cemetery was selected by the 5th Corps and into it were brought the graves of menwho had died in the fierce fighting on the Adriatic sector of the front in November-December 1943, and during the static period that followed. In addition, the cemetery contains the graves ofa number of escaped prisoners of war who died while trying to reach the Allied lines.
Sangro River War Cemetary:
Contains 2,617 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. Within the cemetery will be found the SANGRO RIVER CREMATION MEMORIAL, one of three memorials erected in Italy toofficers and men of the Indian forces whose remains were cremated in accordance with theirfaith - the other two cremation memorials are in Forli Indian Army War Cemetery and Rimini Gurkha War Cemetery. The memorial at Sangro River commemorates more than 500 servicemen.
Visiting Information:
The cemetery is permanently open and may be visited anytime. Wheelchair access to site possible, but may be by alternative entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200
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