Recogne Military Cemetery.

After the heavy fighting during the Battle of the Bulge and the victory of the Allies, the Americans established a cemetery in Recogne for some 2,700 Americans and 3,000 German soldiers. After the war, in 1946 and 1947, the remains of the fallen American soldiers were transferred to Henri-Chapelle, anAmerican Cemetery and Memorial.

This cemetery kept growing when the Belgian authorities started clearing all German cemeteries in the area and transferred all German graves either to Recogne or to Lommel German War Cemetery. About half of the German soldiers on this cemetery lost their lives during the Ardennes Offensive between December 1944 and January 1945. Others died in battles in Luxembourg, in the German border area and during the occupation of Belgium.

Not far from Bastogne lies the little village of Recogne, where during the Battle of the Bulge fierce fighting took place. On the Recogne German Military Cemetery 6,807 German soldiers lie buried. In 1954, an agreement was reached between the Kingdom of Belgium and the German Federal Republic. The management of the cemetery was transferred to the German War Graves Commission, which was responsible for the care and upkeep of the German war cemeteries in Belgium.

Source: German War Cemetery Recogne (liberationroute.com)

Photos taken by Niko Van Kerckhoven and Erwin Verholen.

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