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Unmarked graves of the only British soldiers who died in Germany between WW1 & WW2

As the long period of public remembrance and reflection marking the centenary of the outbreak and the bloody course of WW1 comes to an end, it is worth highlighting a particular commemorative plight arising from the British government’s decision to determine 31 August 1921 as the official end of the war. This is an account of the British Army’s indifference to the plight of the only British soldiers, 30 of them, who died in Germany whilst implementing conditions of the Treaty of Peace, and who lie buried in Europe without any form of commemoration or recognition.

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Springer, Heinrich Adolf Leopold* November 3rd, 1914
† October 27th, 2007

Verbunt, Henricus Arnoldus Adrianus Petrus* December 16th, 1909
† May 26th, 1944

Borchers, Adolf* February 10th, 1913
† February 9th, 1996

Kemethmüller, Heinz* June 26th, 1914
† February 20th, 1984

Tedder, Arthur William* July 11th, 1890
† July 3rd, 1967

Tunna, Norman* April 29th, 1908
† December 4th, 1970

Deutscher Orden des Großdeutschen ReichesGerman Order of the Great German Empire
In the database: 12
Chaplain's Medal for HeroismIn the database: 4
Dickin MedalIn the database: 52
Air Force Cross (AC)In the database: 3
Orden PobedaOrder of Victory
In the database: 20
Victoria Cross (VC)In the database: 197

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75 years of liberation

In 2019 en 2020 the liberation of Europa from Nazi rule and the Japanese surrender 75 years ago is celebrated and commemorated. Here a overview of news, photo reports and other relevant content on this website about 75 years of liberation.

WW2 sights of interest in Washington DC & Arlington

The battlefields of World War II were not on the mainland of the United States, that does not mean that there is nothing to be found about this war. The United States has actively participated in the Second World War and memories about this can be found on several locations. Many of these locations have been documented on the website tracesofwar.com. Who’s looking for Second World War memories within the United States, certainly cannot miss Washington and the adjacent city of Arlington. The two cities are bursting of memorials, museums, not to forget, the largest national cemetery: Arlington National Cemetery. To give an idea of the WW2 memories you can find in this area, we made this report. For a complete overview of the many locations, you can click on the map above or use the search bar and search on: Washington or Arlington. The sites described below are accessible by foot or with very well controlled public transport. The underground network of Washington runs into Arlington, Arlington cemetery even has its own metro station.

WW2 sights of interest in Berlin

Since the foundation of the Deutsches Reich by Otto von Bismarck on January 18, 1871, Berlin is the capital of what we now call Germany. During the National Socialist regime under Adolf Hitler the center of power was located particularly in the vicinity of the Wilhelmstrasse. All that remains of the here located Old Reich Chancellery (1878), the New Reich Chancellery (1938), the Vorbunker and the Führerbunker after the Russian demolition works of the last century are underground remnants. Yet there is still plenty to see in Berlin for the visitor interested in World War Two.

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