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Catania War Cemetery (Catania Zona Industrial, Catania Province, Sicilia Region, Italy) WWII Commonwealth - United Kingdom, 26 Australian, 25 South African, 2135 total burials, 113 unknown.
The cemetery may be visited at anytime. Pedestrian access is always possible, however, due to littering and other problems the local authority have found it necessary to control access by car, a gate has been erected approx 500 metres from the cemetery, this gate has a padlock. The combination of which is 1221. Owing to several thefts of the visitors' book and registers, these will not be available outside our gardeners normal working hours, at this time the register and visitors' book are kept locked in the gardeners toolshed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to visitors. The gardeners working hours are as follows: WINTER: 08:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 15:30 SUMMER: 07:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 15:30 Wheelchair access to site is possible, but may be by alternative entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200. PLEASE NOTE: The Commission is aware of the fly-tipping on the road leading to this cemetery but this is outside our control. However, our staff do inform the Security Personnel whenever this occurs.
Catania War Cemetery is 7 kilometres south-west of Catania. From Catania Airport follow the tangenziale (main road) towards the A19 (in the direction of Palermo). Before reaching the A19 the cemetery is signposted. Cemetery address: Stradale Passo del Fico - 95121 Catania Zona Industriale (CT) Sicily. Latitude: 37.46303, Longitude: 15.038888.
On 10 July 1943, following the successful conclusion of the north African campaign in mid May, a combined allied force of 160,000 Commonwealth and American troops invaded Sicily as a prelude to the assault on mainland Italy. The Italians, who would shortly make peace with the Allies and re-enter the war on their side, offered little determined resistance but German opposition was vigorous and stubborn. The campaign in Sicily came to an end on 17 August when the two allied forces came together at Messina, but failed to cut off the retreating Axis lines. Catania War Cemetery contains burials from the later stages of the campaign, from Lentini northwards. Many died in the heavy fighting just short of Catania (the town was taken on 5 August) and in the battle for the Simeto river bridgehead. Catania War Cemetery contains 2,135 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 113 of them unidentified.

Links to other sites about Catania War Cemetery include:
Catania Province
Catania War Cemetery 2
Catania War Cemetery 3
Catania War Cemetery 4
Catania War Cemetery 5
Commonwealth Military Cemeteries
Sicilia Region
War Cemeteries in Italy by Region
WWII Military Cemeteries

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