D-DAY A look at the Bayeux war cemetery ahead of 75th anniversary


Rows and rows of uniform white gravestones fill the Bayeux war cemetery in Normandy to mark the thousands of burial sites of lives lost mostly from the D-Day landings and it will serve as a venue for remembrance services for the 75th anniversary.

It is the largest Second World War cemetery of Commonwealth soldiers in France, with 4,648 burials in total, of which 3,935 belong to British forces.

More than 150,000 allied soldiers stormed the Normandy beaches on June 6, 1944, bursting through German coastal defences to open the way to the liberation of western Europe from the Nazi regime.

Seventy-five years later, French President Emmanuel Macron, U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May will attend ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the largest seaborne invasion in history and the soldiers who gave their lives.