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Brittany American Cemetery
Saint James, Normandy, France

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Brittany American Cemetery

GPS: 48.51897, -1.30398

Montjoie, 50240 Saint-James, France

Published: October 29, 2019
Total records: 4,908

Brittany American Cemetery was built and is maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Brittany American Cemetery lies one and a half miles southeast of the village of St. James (Manche), France, 12 miles south of Avranches, and 14 miles north of Fougères.

Cemetery History

The cemetery is located on the site of the temporary American St. James Cemetery, established on August 4, 1944 by the U.S. Third Army. It was officially dedicated in 1956.

The cemetery marks the point where the American forces made their breakthrough from the hedgerow country of Normandy into the plains of Brittany during the offensive around Avranches, France.

After weeks of intensive offensive operations against German forces following the D-Day landings in Normandy, U.S. forces captured St. Lô on July 18. General Omar Bradley, commander of First U.S. Army, planned Operation COBRA to break out of Normandy and into Brittany.

COBRA succeeded. Allied forces broke out of German lines in Normandy, liberated most of Brittany, reached the Seine, and liberated Paris before moving east toward Germany.

Cemetery Records

The following records were acquired from the American Battle Monuments Commission on October 29, 2019. 500 of these records are those of soldiers whose bodies were missing, and not recovered. They are denoted in these records with the words, "Tablets of the Missing", referring to a special section of the cemetery where they have been remembered.

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