German military cemetery
B-6600 Recogne (Bastogne)
War is not only winners and losers. It is also families that are plunged into mourning and the wish to endure the memory of the deceased. In Recogne, near Bastogne, a military cemetery gathers the remains of the German soldiers who died during the Second World War.
This German cemetery gathers 6807 German soldiers among which the youngest was barely aged 17 and the oldest 52. In a first time, it is the American soldiers who gathered about 3000 German soldiers who died during the Battle of the Bulge (winter 44-45) and long the border in Germany. In the early after-war period, the Belgian grave service also gathered the remains of the German soldiers who had been burried in the middle of the fields or lonely in entity-cemeteries. This field is located long the road that goes from Foy to Recogne. After a French and German agreement in 1954, the cemetery got fitted with a closure wall, a chapel built from pink Eifel sandstone, and internal walls being of slate. It is listed.
(text source by Guy Blockmans/OPT)