Hamm


In the eastern city of Luxembourg there is a district called Hamm and here there is an American and a German war cemetery. There are more than 5,000 soldiers in the cemetery, including a female nurse. The majority of the soldiers died during the German Ardenner offensive from mid-December 1944 to mid-January 1945. In addition to the tombs, there is a memorial chapel and two large stone maps. One shows the advance of the American forces from the landing in Normandy until the end of the war. The other American forces’ positions during the German Ardenner offensive. George S. Patton is buried in the cemetery. Patton died after a car accident outside Mannheim, Germany, in December 1945.

Current status: Cemetery (2008).

Location: 49° 36' 42" N, 6° 11' 8" E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

The Cemetery with its white geometrically correct cross is reminiscent of the American war cemetery at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.

Follow up in books: Beevor, Antony: Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble (2015).