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German War Cemetery - Fricourt
Departement de la Somme
Picardie  France

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Near the villiage of Fricount. There are 17,000 burials; only 5,057 German soldiers have an individual grave. Of these, 114 soldiers are unidentified. Mixed among the metal crosses of the known soldiers are stone tablets of the Jewish soldiers who fought along side their Christian brothers.

About 1,000 died in the autumn of 1914 during trench warfare, about 10,000 during the Battle of the Somme (July-November 1916), and the final 6,000 in the Spring Offensive and the Allied counter-attack, Hundred Days, that followed it, in 1918.

The famous Red Baron, German pilot Baron Manfred von Richthofen,who was shot down and died on 21st April 1918, was first buried in a plot at the civilian cemetery at Bertangles behind the lines southwest of the Somme battlefields. His body was later moved to Fricourt German Military Cemetery. Again he was exhumed in 1925 and the body was taken to Berlin for reburial.
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