Beach Head War Cemetery Reviews
Visited the grave of my uncle, who is buried in the cemetery while on holiday in Rome. The journey is easily done from the central train station in Rome on the Anzio train. Get off at Villa Claudia... more »
Remembrance and dignity by the CWGC as always. Final resting place of the Anzio casualties with views out to sea. Easy to find and places to park. Respect. more »
Beautifully maintained cemetery. As a Canadian, it was an honour to walk in that sacred place. And the Italian people take such pride and attention to detail in caring for the final resting place of these commonwealth soldiers. Thank you for keeping their memories alive!!
Beautiful location exceptionally well managed by the CWGC!! This is the Commonwealth cemetery in Anzio, the American one is just a few kilometers away in Nettuno. Anzio is a coastal town 70 kilometres south of Rome. To reach Anzio take the Route No.148 Superstrada Motorway, which runs between Rome and Latina. Turn off the Superstrada at the No.207, following the signs towards Anzio. The route is well signposted from the Superstrada. The Cemetery lies 5 kilometres north of Anzio town on the No.207 and Commission signs are visible 150 metres from the cemetery. There is a small parking area at the main entrance. Beach Head War Cemetery should not be confused with Anzio War Cemetery which lies just off the No.207, 1 kilometre north of Anzio just close to the communal cemetery of Anzio. Cemetery address: Via Nettunense km 34 - 00040 Anzio (RM) Lazio. GPS Co-ordinates: Latitude: 41.482355, Longitude: 12.625456. On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland, the invasion coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side. Progress through southern Italy was rapid despite stiff resistance, but by the end of October, the Allies were facing the German winter defensive position known as the Gustav Line, which stretched from the river Garigliano in the west to the Sangro in the east. Initial attempts to breach the western end of the line were unsuccessful. Operations in January 1944 landed troops behind the German lines at Anzio, but defences were well organised, and a breakthrough was not actually achieved until May. The site of the cemetery originally lay close to a casualty clearing station. Burials were made direct from the battlefield after the landings at Anzio and later, after the Army had moved forward, many graves were brought in from the surrounding country. Beach Head War Cemetery contains 2,316 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 295 of them unidentified. There is also one First World War burial which was brought into the cemetery from Chieti Communal Cemetery near Rome. The cemetery was designed by Louis de Soissons.
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