World War Memorial




In 2014 two significant anniversaries will take place in Europe: 100 years since the outbreak of the Great War (World War I) and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy France that marked the end of World War II and the defeat of a belligerent German nation for the second time in three decades. 

Allied invasion plans and German positions in Normandy France 1944. (Credit: Wikipedia, US Govt photo – public domain)

In France sobering yet heart-rendering War Graves dot the northern plains, memorials of all descriptions to those who made the ultimate sacrifice are found all over the country, well preserved, highly respected and freshly maintained. French schoolchildren turn out each year in towns and villages to lay wreathes on behalf of their forebears so that the nation will never forget.

The memories of the sacrifices of those who died in these two appallingly destructive World conflagrations of  the early 20th century must neither fade nor diminish.

The aim of this page, inspired by Martyn Cox, an amateur oral  historian, film-maker and Francophile, is to provide a reference point for all who wish to help keep the memory alive.

We welcome your contributions and comments.

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The World War Memorial Network page for the Great War and WWII