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Battle for Anzio
WWII Jan 1944-Jun 1944


Commonwealth buried at Anzio War Cemetery (Anzio, Roma Province, Lazio Region, Italy) - 1,056 burials and museum.
The cemetery is permanently open and may be visited anytime. Wheelchair access to site possible, may be by alternative entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.

Anzio is a coastal town 70 kilometres south of Rome. To reach Anzio take the No.148 Superstrada Motorway which runs between Rome and Latina. Take the exit for Anzio and follow the signs towards Anzio along the No.207. The Cemetery lies 1 kilometre north of Anzio town just off the No.207. As the No.207 approaches Anzio an Italian Communal Cemetery is visible on a small rise to the left of the road. Turn left and drive up a small rise to a parking area in front of the cemetery entrance. Commission signs are visible. Anzio War Cemetery should not be confused with Beach Head Cemetery which is also close to Anzio town. Beach Head Cemetery lies on the No.207, 5 kilometres north of Anzio town, and can be seen on the left hand side of the road when taking the No.207 towards Anzio. Cemetery address: Via del Cimitero - 00042 Anzio (RM) Lazio. GPS Co-ordinates: Latitude: 41.455473, Longitude: 12.623178.

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 for this cemetery was selected not long after the landings at Anzio and the burials here date from the period immediately following the landings. Anzio War Cemetery contains 1,056 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. The cemetery was designed by Louis de Soissons.

Commonwealth buried at Beachhead War Cemetery (Anzio, Roma Province, Lazio Region, Italy) - 2,313 burials incl. 1,980 UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, and others.
The cemetery is permanently open and may be visited anytime. Wheelchair access possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.

French Military Cemetery at Rome (Roma, Roma Province, Lazio Region, Italy) - 1,888 burials. - Mostly Morrocean and Algerian.

Is just off Via della Camillucia, toward the Olympic Stadium is a modest cemetery for 1,700 French Expediotionary Corps soldiers, mainly Moroccans and Algerians. The cemetery is at the end of a small road, Via dei Casali di S. Spirito. Most of the grave markers bear a muslim crescent while some have crosses. All, however, bear the inscription Mort pour la France .

German Military Cemetery at Pomezia (Pomezia, Roma Province, Lazio Region, Italy) - 27,443 burials.
From Rome on the SS 148, via Pontina, for 26 kms south of Rome.

Non-Catholic Cemetery (Testaccio) (Roma, Roma Province, Lazio Region, Italy) WWI and WWII Commonwealth - 6 WWI; 1 WWII, 7 United Kingdom, 7 total.

Non-Catholic Cemetery (Testaccio), is on the South side of the city, at the Porta san Paola.

The Italians entered the war on the Allied side, declaring war on Austria, in May 1915. Commonwealth forces were at the Italian front between November 1917 and November 1918, and rest camps and medical units were established at various locations in northern Italy behind the front, some of them remaining until 1919. Non-Catholic Cemetery (Testaccio) contains six Commonwealth burials of the First World War. There is also one Second World War burial.

Rome (Verano) Comune Cemetery (Roma, Roma Province, Lazio Region, Italy) WWII Commonwealth - 1 Canadian burial.
This is a large comune cemetery near the Piazzale del Verano in the San Lorenzo district about 2.5km due east of Termini Station in Rome. Rome (Verano) Comune Cemetery contains one Commonwealth burial of the Second World War.

Rome War Cemetery (Commonwealth) (Roma, Roma Province, Lazio Region, Italy) WWII Commonwealth - 28 South Africans. 4 Australians, 355 United Kingdom, 22 Canadians, 3 Indian, 10 New Zealand, 1 from Mauritius, 2 Palestinian, 426 total burials.

US Military Cemetery - Sicily-Rome American Cemetery at Nettuno (Nettuno, Roma Province, Lazio Region, Italy) WWII US - 7,861 total burials plus 3,095 missing.

The cemetery is open daily to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except December 25 and January 1. It is open on host country holidays. When the cemetery is open to the public, a staff member is on duty in the Visitor Building to answer questions and escort relatives to grave and memorial sites. GPS Coordinates: N41 27.918 E12 39.503

Sicily-Rome American Cemetery lies at the north edge of the town of Nettuno, Italy, which is immediately east of Anzio, 38 miles south of Rome. The cemetery can be reached by automobile from Rome along the Via Cristoforo Colombo, which runs into Via Pontina (highway 148). Drive south approximately 37 miles and exit at Campoverde/Nettuno. Turn right to Nettuno, continuing 5 miles to the cemetery. There is hourly train service from Rome to Nettuno, where taxicabs can be hired. There are numerous hotels in Anzio and Nettuno.

7,861 of American military war dead, arranged in gentle arcs on broad green lawns beneath rows of Roman pines. The majority of these men died in the liberation of Sicily (July 10 to August 17, 1943); in the landings in the Salerno Area (September 9, 1943) and the heavy fighting northward; in the landings at Anzio Beach and expansion of the beachhead (January 22, 1944 to May 1944); and in air and naval support in the regions. On the white marble walls of the chapel are engraved the names of the 3,095 missing.

Links to other sites about Battle for Anzio include:

Commonwealth Military Cemeteries
French Military Cemeteries
Frosinone Province
German Military Cemeteries
Roma Province
War Cemeteries in Italy by Region
WWII Military Cemeteries

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