War graves in Belgium

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  1. Negligent-Discharge

    Negligent-Discharge LE Book Reviewer

    I went to Adinkerke in Belgium on a baccie and beer run recently and stopped off at the War Cemetry (as I always do when on the Continent and spot one) right by the road as you come up the slip road from the motorway. There are our lads from 1940 and Germans from 1917, but also some Czech ones from 1942. What were they doing there in '42? Helpin to blow up the docks down the road?
     
  2. How many were there? They might have been pilots.
     
  3. Negligent-Discharge

    Negligent-Discharge LE Book Reviewer

    Good thinking Batman. I think there were some 20 of the poor fellas...
     
  4. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Could have been pows died in captivity even. there is a large merchant navy cemetery near Becklingen which is full of those who died in captivity! Lets face it we dont see the war graves of sailors often!
     
  5. Are you sure that the dead were from 1942 and not 1944? The Czech brigade was responsible for the cordon around Dunkirque from Spetmber 1944 to the end of the war. 167 Czech soldiers died in the siege.
    1st Czechoslovak Armoured Brigade - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



    1942 dead are likely to be from aircrew, but all 20 look improbably high.
     

  6. Only about 3 bombers worth.
     
  7. It would take four I think. Most of the Czech RAf Squadrons were fighters. 311 with Wellington bombers (five crew) was the only czech bomber squuadron . 311 transferredto cosastal command in April 1942 and converted to Liberaotrs However, according to the internet their last raid in Wellingtons was against Dunkirk harbour in 1942 - so maybe it was a disaster.
     
  8. According to the CWGC site for Adinkerke Military Cemetary:

    "From June to November 1917 the Commonwealth XV Corps held the front from the Belgian coast to St. Georges. The 24th and 39th Casualty Clearing Stations were posted at Oosthoek (between Adinkerke and Furnes) from July to November, and the 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station was at Adinkerke for a short time in June.

    During the Second World War, the British Expeditionary Force was involved in the later stages of the defence of Belgium following the German invasion in May 1940, and suffered many casualties in covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk. Commonwealth forces did not return until September 1944, but in the intervening years, many airmen were shot down or crashed in raids on strategic objectives in Belgium, or while returning from missions over Germany.

    Adinkerke Military Cemetery contains 168 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, and 55 from the Second World War. There are also 142 Czech and German war graves."

    There's also an Adinkerke Churchyard extension that contains "67 Commonwealth burials of the First World War."
     
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